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Schneider Electric Brings Facility Module to Modular Data Center Campus at Uptime Symposium 2012

(May 14, 2012)

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/14/12 -- Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, and a Diamond Underwriter of the 2012 Uptime Institute Symposium focused on Digital Infrastructure Convergence, will provide its Data Center Facility Module at the event. Schneider Electric will feature a prefabricated 500kW Facility Power Module for live, guided tours at the Symposium as part of the Modular Data Center Campus. A key feature of the Symposium Exhibition in 2012, the Modular Campus showcases modular products and systems components and is open to all Symposium delegates and registered visitors of the Exhibition.

"Large data centers today require faster deployment at lower costs and high reliability, and Schneider Electric's prefabricated Facility Modules provide complete infrastructure to turn any available space including warehouses and former manufacturing plants into a state-of-the-art, highly available, and energy-efficient data center," said Neil Rasmussen, Senior Vice President of Innovation, Schneider Electric. "Attendees at Uptime Symposium 2012 will be able to see and experience for themselves why large scale modularity is growing in importance as a way to design and build energy-efficient data centers through the Modular Data Center Campus."

The Schneider Electric prefabricated Facility Module is typically deployed to provide conditioned power to either IT containers or data centers where the IT room is located within a building. When combined with a facility cooling module and IT room, the components make up a complete data center. Schneider Electric facility modules are pre-engineered, factory assembled and tested to ensure that proven performance is provided. These modules can be deployed within weeks, and can deliver Capex savings ranging from 10-20 percent and Opex savings ranging from 20-35 percent.

In addition to providing the data center facility module at the event, Schneider Electric executives will take part in the event through the following sessions:

  • Monday, May 14, from 3:50-4:20 p.m. PT: Kevin Brown, vice president, Data Center Global Solution Offer Management, APC by Schneider Electric will deliver the Technology Innovation Presentation "Integrated Facility Sub-Systems."
  • Tuesday, May 15, from 11:10-11:50 a.m. PT: Neil Rasmussen, senior vice president of Innovation, Schneider Electric, will deliver the Keynote "A New Language for Specifying Modular Data Centers." Rasmussen will also take part in the "Economics of Modular Data Center Deployments" panel on Monday, May 14 from 11:20-11:50 a.m. PT.
  • Wednesday, May 16, from 8:30-9:10 a.m. PT: Jim Simonelli, chief technology officer, APC by Schneider Electric, will take part in a panel presentation accompanying the Keynote "Introducing the Digital Infrastructure FORCSS Methodology" presented by Hank Seader, managing principal of Research and Education, Uptime Institute. Simonelli was one of a select group of IT leaders to take part in Uptime Institute's 2012 Charrette in January 2012, an event that brought together executives to help develop a framework for making effective IT investment decisions across multiple departments, sites and business units, using a common language and cost analysis methodology. The FORCSS Methodology, to be unveiled at this keynote, was the result of the Charrette event.

After pioneering modularity within the data center's traditional IT space, Schneider Electric now brings the modular approach to the facility domains of data center physical infrastructure. This design/build approach transfers the time-intensive engineering and pretesting of facility-related data center components to the "factory," in turn making large and mega-sized data center deployment fast and easy. Schneider Electric Facility Modules, which include a power unit and two types of cooling (water chiller or air) units, complement IT containers to give companies the complete infrastructure support they need to turn available space (e.g., former warehouses or manufacturing plants) into highly available, energy-efficient, world-class data centers in just weeks. They also can be deployed to add capacity to existing data centers. This approach speeds up deployment, lowers costs, and simplifies the build process.

Schneider Electric will feature a 500kW Facility Power Module at the event. Power Modules are built in a repurposed 8' x 40' x 9.5' ISO shipping container and consist of a fully integrated power distribution system comprised of switchboards, automatic transfer switch, modular UPS system, cooling, fire suppression, controls and management system. The facility modules are engineered at various capacity points: 250kW, 500kW, 750kW, and 1MW.

Schneider Electric will also present a demo of its StruxureWare for Data Centers offering at booth #202. For more information, please visit

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centers & Networks and Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company's 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of about 31 billion US dollars (22.4 billion euros) in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.

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