Helping datacentres cut energy wastage

  • Technology
  • Wednesday, 26 May 2010

PETALING JAYA: To ensure that energy is utilised in a more efficient manner in datacentres, Schneider Electric is offering its latest solution called EcoStruxure.

“EcoStruxure is not a product but an architecture or approach to create intelligent energy management systems,” explained David Blumanis, datacentre advisor on critical power and cooling services for Asia-Pacific and Japan at the company.

According to Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, as Malaysia becomes increasingly reliant on technology, datacentres and server farms in the country will be the backbone of businesses and other organisations.

“Conducting a business today requires 24 x 7 x 365 datacentre availability and if your servers are down, so is your business,” said Blumanis. The downtime would translate to losing customers, productivity and profits, he added.

He said that with EcoStruxure, businesses can expect improvements in operations through systematic energy visibility and real-time control of any energy usage. Therefore, energy waste in all forms — from electricity and water to mechanical and human — can be captured and mitigated to improve efficiency.

EcoStruxure takes a holistic approach to energy management to enable optimal energy efficiencies across the multiple domains of a business.

“By deploying the architecture, businesses can reduce their operational energy costs via real-time temperature, lighting and shutters control, for example,” Blumanis said.

One of Schneider Electric’s customers in this country is Sunway Medical Centre. The centre relies heavily on IT equipment for information such as patient records, billing and medical test records.

“With so many mission-critical activities going on around the clock, Sunway Medical Centre’s IT systems require constant maintenance to ensure that there is no downtime,” said Blumanis.

Schneider Electric worked with the centre to assess its needs, to provide suitable power and cooling capabilities while keeping energy wastage and costs low.


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