White Paper #111
Reliability Analysis of the APC InfraStruXure Power System
The APC InfraStruXure product line offers an alternative architecture to the central UPS. MTechnology, Inc. used the techniques of Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) to evaluate the reliability of the 40 kW InfraStruXure UPS and PDU with static bypass. The calculations considered the performance of the InfraStruXure in both ideal and real-world conditions. The study also compared the performance of the InfraStruXure architecture to that of a central UPS serving a hypothetical 500 kW critical load in a data center. The results showed that the InfraStruXure architecture was significantly less likely to suffer failure of all loads in the data center, and slightly less likely to experience failure in any one piece of IT equipment. This paper summarizes the key findings of MTechnology's quantitative risk assessment and discusses their implications for facility managers and designers.
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White Paper #160
Specification of Modular Data Center Architecture
There is a growing consensus that conventional legacy data center design will be superseded by modular scalable data center designs. Reduced total cost of ownership, increased flexibility, reduced deployment time, and improved efficiency are all claimed benefits of modular scalable designs. Yet the term “modular”, when and where modularity is appropriate, and how to specify modularity are all poorly defined. This paper creates a framework for modular data center architecture and describes the various ways that modularity can be implemented for data center power, cooling, and space infrastructure and explains when the different approaches are appropriate and effective.
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White Paper #116
Standardization and Modularity in Data Center Physical Infrastructure
Failure to adopt modular standardization as a design strategy for data center physical infrastructure (DCPI) is costly on all fronts: unnecessary expense, avoidable downtime, and lost business opportunity. Standardization and its close relative, modularity, create wide-ranging benefits in DCPI that streamline and simplify every process from initial planning to daily operation, with significant positive effects on all three major components of DCPI business value – availability, agility, and total cost of ownership.
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White Paper #76
Modular Systems: The Evolution of Reliability
Nature proved early on that in complex systems, modular designs are the ones that survive and thrive. An important contributor to this success is the critical reliability advantage of fault tolerance, in which a modular system can shift operation from failed modules to healthy ones while repairs are made. In data centers, modular design has already taken root in new fault-tolerant architectures for servers and storage systems. As data centers continue to evolve and borrow from nature’s blueprints, data center physical infrastructure (DCPI) must also evolve to support new strategies for survival, recovery, and growth.
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White Paper #174
Practical Options for Deploying IT Equipment in Small Server Rooms and Branch Offices
Small server rooms and branch offices are typically unorganized, unsecure, hot, unmonitored, and space constrained. These conditions can lead to system downtime or, at the very least, lead to “close calls” that get management’s attention. Practical experience with these problems reveals a short list of effective methods to improve the availability of IT operations within small server rooms and branch offices. This paper discusses making realistic improvements to power, cooling, racks, physical security, monitoring, and lighting. The focus of this paper is on small server rooms and branch offices with up to 10kW of IT load.
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White Paper #118
Virtualization and Cloud Computing: Optimized Power, Cooling, and Management Maximizes Benefits
IT virtualization, the engine behind cloud computing, can have significant consequences on the data center physical infrastructure (DCPI). Higher power densities that often result can challenge the cooling capabilities of an existing system. Reduced overall energy consumption that typically results from physical server consolidation may actually worsen the data center’s power usage effectiveness (PUE). Dynamic loads that vary in time and location may heighten the risk of downtime if rack-level power and cooling health are not understood and considered. Finally, the fault-tolerant nature of a highly virtualized environment could raise questions about the level of redundancy required in the physical infrastructure. These particular effects of virtualization are discussed and possible solutions or methods for dealing with them are offered.
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SBA Communications to Build New, Modular Data Center – Fast
A FREE, online, educational resource, offering more than 200 vendor-neutral courses on energy efficiency and data center topics to help you identify, implement, and monitor efficiency improvements within your organization.
Web-based applications with easy-to-use interfaces designed for use in the early stages of datacenter concept and design development.
InfraStruxure for the Small & Medium Data Centre
Animation showing the modularity and scalability of InfraStruxure in a data center environment.
InfraStruxure for Small IT
-This video explains the core principles of InfraStruxure for Small IT and how they help our customers solve their most pressing IT-related issues.
While InfraStruxure is the perfect solution for turnkey data centers, there are three additional applications where InfraStruxure will minimize risks and ensure business continuity: deploying converged IT architecture, refreshing existing data centers and moving in or out of colocation.
InfraStruxure Designer is industry-leading software tool that empowers Schneider Electric employees and partners to rapidly and accurately plan, design and quote best-in-class data center solutions.