Schneider Electric recently announced the availability of prefabricated modular data centers which meet Uptime Institute standards.
The company produced 15 modular data center structures as well as 14 prefabricated data center design references that are scalable in increments between 250 kilowatts and 2 megawatts . The modular structures also meet Tier II and Tier III standards for Uptime Institute reliability certification.
According to the company’s website, the facility’s power and cooling infrastructures deploy 60 percent faster than traditional systems and also cost 30 percent less. The modular data center design enables power to be dedicated to IT room systems for power and cooling, instead of throughout the building, helping reduce energy consumption. Additionally, power and cooling structures can be relocated to another site if the customer moves their operations.
Schneider also stated the modules can meet requirements for colocation, enterprise and cloud application purposes.
A modular approach to data center deployment can boost construction predictability since most building processes are completed in the factory as opposed to the data center site, stated company representatives.
“Today’s business environment demands data centers that are increasingly more flexible and scalable with an emphasis on deployment speed,” said Kevin Brown, Schneider Electric vice president of Data Center Global Offer and Strategy. “Prefabricated data centers enable data center managers to maximize the speed of business through rapid installation, easy expansion and improved cash management.”
These structures can be created and installed in 12 to16 weeks depending on the complexity of the facility’s requirements. In addition, they can offer enhanced flexibility and scalability, as infrastructures are adjusted to meet the needs of the customer.
Included in the data center design for the structures are HVAC control, video security, racks and enclosures, and uninterruptible power supplies. According to Schneider, a global supply chain is used for production, allowing for consistency of parts and design across the globe.