Schneider Electric in the News, June 2016

June 6, 2016 Kristen Larsen

The VAR Guy: Channel Partner Roundup: Luminoso, APC by Schneider Electric, Alert Logic
By Michael Cusanelli, June 2, 2016

APC by Schneider Electric Expands Global Partner Program with MSP Practice
 
Energy management and automation solution provider APC by Schneider recently debuted a dedicated power and cooling managed services practice for partners in an effort to help its reseller ecosystem access dedicated support and incentives for their work with the company.
The practice, which is an extension of the existing APC Global Channel Partner Program, also provides partners with the ability to “systematically monetize power and cooling within their businesses,” according to the announcement. Jason Covitz, global director of Managed Services, will oversee the new practice.
 
“As the modern IT partner is rapidly evolving and shifting focus from hardware sales to a more concentrated emphasis on service-oriented, recurring revenue streams, it is critical that we alter our approach and address them in a way that is relevant to this new business reality,” said Rob McKernan, senior vice president, Global IT Channels, Schneider Electric. “Through the integration and optimization of our connected offers, and the refocus of our sales and support teams to address the MSP business model, we are creating a community of practice which speaks to and shows MSPs how to increase top line revenue and decrease operational costs by adding power and cooling to their managed services portfolio.”

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Data Center Knowledge: CenturyLink Commits to Data Center Efficiency Targets under Federal Challenge
By Yevgeniy Sverdlik, June 1, 2016

CenturyLink has committed to improving energy efficiency of its entire US data center portfolio by 25 percent by joining a voluntary US Department of Energy program that promotes investment in more efficient energy use in buildings.
 
The Monroe, Louisiana-based telco has been upgrading its sprawling data center portfolio to improve efficiency since last year, despite the possibility that it may sell some or all of those sites. CenturyLink management has been evaluating numerous alternatives to owning its data centers.
 
Bill Gast, CenturyLink’s director of global data center energy efficiency, said uncertainty about ownership of the portfolio in the future hasn’t disrupted the current push to improve its efficiency that started last year.
 
“We’re still finishing up projects we started in 2015,” he said. “We’re continuing to invest, and we have funding to do that.”
 
CenturyLink has more than 30 data centers in the US consuming about 200MW total. Joining a DoE program called the Better Buildings Challenge, the company has committed to improving energy efficiency in those facilities by 25 percent by 2023.
 
The benchmark year for the improvements is 2013, meaning efficiency of the portfolio in 2023 will be compared to its efficiency in 2013, prior to the time the company started its portfolio-wide improvement project. In fact, it’s already reached 60 to 70 percent of the goal in Gast’s estimate.
 
The company’s data center portfolio required about 150MW of power in 2013. It has since expanded capacity, but its commitment under the challenge is to improve energy efficiency of the power and cooling infrastructure in its facilities, not to reduce their total energy consumption.
 
The company and the third-party consultants that will verify its progress for the DoE will use Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) to measure efficiency.
 
The bulk of CenturyLink’s efficiency gains so far have come from upgrading data center cooling systems, he said. The company has started deploying cooling technologies that are relatively new to the data center industry, such as the heat wheel and CenturyLink’s proprietary cooling system design called Chiller in a Box.
 
Gast expects to meet the efficiency goal for the entire US portfolio by continuing to implement cooling upgrades.
 
The data centers CenturyLink is improving include facilities the company owns as well as the ones it leases from the likes of Digital Realty Trust, the San Francisco-based data center provider that lists the telco is its second-biggest customer, following IBM.
 
There are some data centers in the US CenturyLink is in but doesn’t operate, and they are not part of the initiative. But they represent less than 10 percent of the company’s domestic portfolio, Gast said.
 
Digital and CenturyLink are two of five data center providers that have joined the DoE’s challenge, according to the program’s website. The others are IO Data Centers, Sabey Data Centers, and Iron Mountain.
 
A total of 11 companies and one university have joined the program with a focus specifically on improving efficiency in their data centers, including Facebook, Intel Corp., eBay, and Schneider Electric.
 

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Mission Critical: DCIM from Schneider Electric
By Staff, June 13, 2016

Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare Data Center Operation v8.0 extends asset visibility across different users.

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Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare Data Center Operation v8.0, an enhancement to Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare™ for Data Centers, Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) suite. Data Center Operation v8.0 includes new functionalities that enable a higher level of asset visibility for key data center stakeholders, including tenants in colocation environments, and across both IT and facilities. This empowers businesses to prosper by managing their data centers across multiple domains, providing actionable intelligence for an ideal balance of high availability and peak efficiency throughout the entire data center life cycle.

Building on already existing features of StruxureWare Data Center Operation that simplify data center management, new capabilities in v8.0 include:

  • Web Client: allows user visibility into data center assets, power usage and power capacity via any modern web browser. This lowers maintenance costs and empowers managers to make better and more informed real-time decisions.
  • Tenant Portal: expands on Schneider Electric’s commitment to colocators and their customers by enabling colocation providers to offer additional services on the basis of their DCIM solution, including management of individual tenant services. The portal provides tenants with an instant overview of their hosted data center solution, including insight into the rooms, cages and racks, reserved capacity, measured power and rack temperature. Tenants also have access to a KPI dashboard. Through the portal, tenants can view their assets without direct access to the colocator’s local network. The colocation provider can, with a single mouse click, enable or disable the tenant portal access for each individual tenant, and decide what information is shared.
  • Direct Current Capacity Planning and Risk Management: Schneider Electric is the first and only DCIM vendor to offer direct current capacity planning and risk management as well as the ability to support a mixed power infrastructure (both AC and DC). This enables data center managers to model DC-powered devices within their data center, allowing them to more intelligently and accurately plan capacity and assess risk for the DC power path.
  • Predicted Power: provides rack and breaker level capacity planning and the potential to unlock stranded capacity as estimated load values are automatically derived from actual power measurements.

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Utility Products: Energy management: Power protection for data centers
June 23, 2016

Energy management: Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has introduced Galaxy VX™, a highly efficient, easy to deploy, compact three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with flexible operating modes for large facilities, data centers and business-critical applications.

This innovative pay-as-you-grow solution will support enterprises in their move to hyperscale data centers and enable them to reap the greatest value in their IT deployments by delivering efficiency without compromising reliability.

“As cloud computing and co-located IT models continue to expand in the enterprise, there is a growing focus on energy efficiency to support the move to hyperscale data centers,” said Pedro Robredo, Vice President of Secure Power Systems, Schneider Electric. “Galaxy VX provides lower cost of ownership, while delivering high availability, consistency and scalability through a true pay-as-you-grow model. With Galaxy VX, we’re also providing customers with multiple energy storage options to offer the best approach for their business now, while enabling them to prepare for energy storage needs to come.” 

Up to 99 percent Efficiency
Galaxy VX fully integrates with Schneider Electric energy management solutions and features flexible operating modes to optimize the efficiency of IT environments, including:
• Double Conversion Mode: Through highly efficient Double Conversion Mode, Galaxy VX reduces switching losses using a four-level conversion technology. The reduced switching stress offers greater reliability and reduction in failure rate.

• Eco Mode: Galaxy VX offers a traditional economy mode, which delivers up to 99 percent efficiency.

• ECOnversion Mode: With this new operating mode, Galaxy VX offers a hybrid between Eco Mode and Double Conversion Mode. ECOnversion delivers double conversion performance with up to 99 percent efficiency. 

The Galaxy VX UPS will be available in North America June 2016 through Schneider Electric and its partners. The newest member of the Galaxy V family of power protection solutions, Galaxy VX seamlessly integrates into the electrical, physical and monitoring environments of customers operating data centers, industrial or facilities applications. For more information on Schneider Electric’s Galaxy V portfolio of power protection solutions, visit the Schneider Electric website. 

About Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~$30 billion in FY2015, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.

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GridsNext: Schneider Electric Introduces Galaxy VX Power Protection Solution to Support Efficiency, Flexibility and Reliability for Large to Hyperscale Data Centers
June 21, 2016

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today introduced Galaxy VX™, a highly efficient, easy to deploy, compact three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with flexible operating modes for large facilities, data centers and business-critical applications.

This innovative pay-as-you-grow solution will support enterprises in their move to hyperscale data centers and enable them to reap the greatest value in their IT deployments by delivering efficiency without compromising reliability.

"As cloud computing and co-located IT models continue to expand in the enterprise, there is a growing focus on energy efficiency to support the move to hyperscale data centers," said Pedro Robredo, Vice President of Secure Power Systems, Schneider Electric. "Galaxy VX provides lower cost of ownership, while delivering high availability, consistency and scalability through a true pay-as-you-grow model. With Galaxy VX, we're also providing customers with multiple energy storage options to offer the best approach for their business now, while enabling them to prepare for energy storage needs to come."  

Up to 99 percent Efficiency

Galaxy VX fully integrates with Schneider Electric energy management solutions and features flexible operating modes to optimize the efficiency of IT environments, including:

Double Conversion Mode: Through highly efficient Double Conversion Mode, Galaxy VX reduces switching losses using a four-level conversion technology. The reduced switching stress offers greater reliability and reduction in failure rate.

Eco Mode: Galaxy VX offers a traditional economy mode, which delivers up to 99 percent efficiency.

ECOnversion Mode: With this new operating mode, Galaxy VX offers a hybrid between Eco Mode and Double Conversion Mode. ECOnversion delivers double conversion performance with up to 99 percent efficiency. 

Ships in June 2016

The Galaxy VX UPS will be available in North America June 2016 through Schneider Electric and its partners. The newest member of the Galaxy V family of power protection solutions, Galaxy VX seamlessly integrates into the electrical, physical and monitoring environments of customers operating data centers, industrial or facilities applications.

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CRN: Telecoms Gone Green: 5 Carriers with an Eye on the Environment
By Gina Narcisi, June 20, 2016

Windstream, TierPoint Focus On Energy-Efficient Data Centers

Telecommunications provider Windstream had the environment in mind when building out its data center footprint in the U.S., the company said. The carrier opened a 21,000-square-foot Nashville, Tenn., facility in 2012 built to LEED Gold standards, a framework for ensuring measurable green building design, operations and maintenance. Little Rock, Ark.-based Windstream also kept the same standards in mind for its data centers based in McLean, Va., and Little Rock, Ark.

In 2015, Windstream sold off its 14-data-center business to colocation provider TierPoint in a deal worth $575 million. In 2013, TierPoint began a partnership with energy-management provider Schneider Electric for its data center expansion strategy.

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Forester Daily News: Schneider Electric Introduces Galaxy VX Power Protection Solution to Support Efficiency, Flexibility, and Reliability for Large to Hyperscale Data Centers
June 22, 2016

Latest solution offers highly efficient, scalable three-phase power protection · Innovative 4-level inverter improves reliability and boosts efficiency · Provides flexible operating modes for large facilities, data centers and business-critical applications, driving higher efficiency and lower TCO · Introduces innovative pay-as-you-grow scalable architecture

ANDOVER, Mass. – June 20, 2016 – Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today introduced Galaxy VX™, a highly efficient, easy to deploy, compact three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with flexible operating modes for large facilities, data centers and business-critical applications.

This innovative pay-as-you-grow solution will support enterprises in their move to hyperscale data centers and enable them to reap the greatest value in their IT deployments by delivering efficiency without compromising reliability.

“As cloud computing and co-located IT models continue to expand in the enterprise, there is a growing focus on energy efficiency to support the move to hyperscale data centers,” said Pedro Robredo, Vice President of Secure Power Systems, Schneider Electric. “Galaxy VX provides lower cost of ownership, while delivering high availability, consistency and scalability through a true pay-as-you-grow model. With Galaxy VX, we’re also providing customers with multiple energy storage options to offer the best approach for their business now, while enabling them to prepare for energy storage needs to come.”

Up to 99 percent Efficiency Galaxy VX fully integrates with Schneider Electric energy management solutions and features flexible operating modes to optimize the efficiency of IT environments, including: · Double Conversion Mode: Through highly efficient Double Conversion Mode, Galaxy VX reduces switching losses using a four-level conversion technology. The reduced switching stress offers greater reliability and reduction in failure rate.

  • Eco Mode: Galaxy VX offers a traditional economy mode, which delivers up to 99 percent efficiency.
  • ECOnversion Mode: With this new operating mode, Galaxy VX offers a hybrid between Eco Mode and Double Conversion Mode. ECOnversion delivers double conversion performance with up to 99 percent efficiency.

Ships in June 2016 The Galaxy VX UPS will be available in North America June 2016 through Schneider Electric and its partners. The newest member of the Galaxy V family of power protection solutions, Galaxy VX seamlessly integrates into the electrical, physical and monitoring environments of customers operating data centers, industrial or facilities applications. For more information on Schneider Electric’s Galaxy V portfolio of power protection solutions, visit the Schneider Electric website.

About Schneider Electric Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~$30 billion in FY2015, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On. www.schneider-electric.com

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