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Schneider Electric: Driving Data Center Transformation

Schneider Electric: Driving Data Center Transformation

With the advent of SMAC there are new demands on datacenters. Nikhil Pathak, VP& Country GM – IT Business, Schneider Electric explains the transformation that datacenters will undergo in the years to come.

By IT Roadmap
Interview Feb 3rd 2016

What factors will drive datacenter transformation in 2016 and beyond and why?

Digitization of economy and businesses will drive significant changes in Datacenter Infra and operations. Machine to Machine communication is on the rise. Huge amount of data is being generated due to the Internet-Of-Things. Leveraging this Big Data, and generating actionable intelligence is a challenge.

Disruptive technologies, stringent datacenter regulations owing to security standards, will gradually put more pressure on existing datacenters. Consequently, the demand for datacenter transformation will be on the rise.

What is Schneider Electric’s recipe for an effective Datacenter Infrastructure Management (DCIM) implementation?

Schneider Electric’s expertise in the datacenter domain makes us the preferred partner for helping our customers select the right tools to monitor, manage and operate their datacenter infrastructure. DCIM implementations are challenging on various fronts. On one hand the integration is complex due to multiple protocols of communication being used in the facilities. One the other, these data points need to be brought on an IT platform to add analytics and convert data into actionable intelligence. We have been a leading provider of Building management systems, power management systems. We are also a leading player in DCIM and have strong alliances with IT software OEMs while being best positioned to implement complex software integrations across platforms.

How can organizations ensure their DCs can keep pace with changing IT landscape and how can Schneider Electric help? 

To stay competitive, organizations must be aware of the industry's most im­portant business trends - increasing IT de­mand, continued cost pressures & respon­siveness to change.

With the rise of IoT and mobile, data has moved closer to the user and networks have become more critical.

Datacenter Physical Infrastructure (the foun­dation for IT infrastructure) is challenged by increasing availability requirements and higher operating costs. Operating and manag­ing complex infrastructure requires specific skill sets and domain expertise.

At Schneider Electric we have taken a comprehensive view of the entire datacenter lifecycle, and have launched services to ad­dress requirements throughout the life cycle. We have also pioneered the Services Bureau, to leverage the power of IoT and offer it as a service for our customers.

Micro Datacenters are yet another new concept the industry is talk­ing about. How do they help in scaling to new demands?

With the rise of IoT and mobile, data has moved closer to the user. Today, ap­plication areas which connect to a central platform or cloud is rising. To address these, we have created solutions that can enable rapid deployment of micro data­centers in all environments.

When it comes to scaling, micro datacent­ers can be flexible and helps decrease de­ployment time while increasing the imple­mentation quality by using pre-integrated & pre-tested systems. Compared to traditional datacenters, micro datacenters can be easily installed in indoor or harsh outdoor envi­ronments. Not only they offer reduced la­tency but also enhance physical security of critical IT assets.

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