Schneider Electric ups data centre game with latest blow on cooling costs
By João Marques Lima Published: 09:00, 15 March, 2017 Updated: 02:12, 15 March, 2017
More white space and an overall reduction of 6% in capital expenditure led by a reduction of 60% in cooling costs is Schneider’s latest bet.
Global energy management and automation company Schneider Electric has upped its fight against data centre cooling costs and CAPEX overspend with the introduction of the Ecoflair Indirect Air Economizer cooling solution.
Ecoflair uses a proprietary polymer heat exchanger technology to provide a cost-effective approach to data centre cooling by addressing the persistent challenge of maintaining optimum operating temperatures in data centres while keeping energy consumption to a minimum.
Schneider Electric claims the new system can reduce cooling operating costs by over 60% compared to legacy cooling approaches.
As a consequence, the provider said Ecoflair can lead to a an overall reduction of CAPEX of up to 6% due to a smaller electrical infrastructure needed from a smaller electrical distribution and back-up power requirements.
This also allows part of the energy today wasted on legacy appliances to be used for powering IT equipment, improving facility Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).
In addition, the design of Ecoflair allows the removal of cooling equipment from the data centre floor freeing up white space for other uses.
Ecoflair has been designed to fit at least 80% of all global data centre locations, covering most climates on Earth.
John Nieman, director of product management, cooling solutions at Schneider Electric, said: “Modularity together with a proprietary polymer heat exchanger are key to the success of Ecoflair.
“Its tublar design prevents fouling that commonly happens with plate style heat exchangers. This minimizes maintenance and impact to performance over the life of the heat exchanger.
“In addition, the polymer is corrosion-proof compared to other designs that use coated aluminium which corrodes when wet or exposed to the outdoor elements.
“The heat exchanger is also modular making it easily replaced, should it be required, minimizing downtime and inconvenience.”
Route Mobile opens Tier 3 data centre in Asia’s ‘commercial powerhouse’
By João Marques Lima Published: 00:02, 22 April, 2017 Updated: 00:03, 22 April, 2017
Provider aims at strengthening service provision reducing latency and delivery times.
Messaging and API company Route Mobile has launched operations at its newest data centre in Singapore.
The Tier 3 hub has been designed to reduce service latency and reduce delivery times in the region.
Having begun operations over the Easter weekend, the new data centre will boost Route Mobile’s data centre network to five, covering key economic locations globally.
Singapore, “a commercial powerhouse and the base of Route Mobile’s Asia Pacific regional head office”, was chosen with its strategic location in mind.
Derek Tan, CEO APAC at Route Mobile, said: “The opening of a Tier 3 data centre in such a strategic location marks another milestone in our journey.
“It highlights our commitment to our international customers, allowing them to benefit from improved latency, reduced delivery times and increased scalability.
“This is key in accelerating the globalization of Route Mobile.”
Telehouse new MD vows to drive business through ‘diverse, challenging data centre market’
By João Marques Lima Published: 18:50, 21 April, 2017 Updated: 18:50, 21 April, 2017
Former MD gets appointed CEO of KDDI Global Business sector as the KDDI Corporation expands its global footprint.
Data centre services provider Telehouse has appointed Ken Sakai to the role of Managing Director of Telehouse Europe and KDDI Europe.
The executive taking charge of the new role in the KDDI Corporation’s subsidiary is to be based in London, the European headquarters for Telehouse.
Sakai is therefore replacing now former MD Hiroyuki Soshi, who has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for the KDDI Global Business sector.
According to Telehouse, Sakai has over 30 years’ management experience within KDDI. He assisted in the development of KDDI Corporation, resulting from the merger of KDD, DDI and IDO.
He has also held leadership roles in the sales, business development and corporate planning divisions of the business and also served as Managing Director for KDDI Deutschland.
Sakai has now been tasked with leading the continued expansion and growth of Telehouse Europe, to meet the future demands of businesses resulting from the data explosion, digital transformation and cloud adoption.
He said: “We operate in a diverse, challenging and exciting market that is seeing the rapid evolution of new technologies and demands on businesses to deliver services to their end users wherever they are.
“I am excited to take on the role of Managing Director of Telehouse Europe at this time and believe that Telehouse is well-positioned to provide its customers with the infrastructure and access to cloud services they need to meet these challenges.”
Telehouse operates data centres in five main European cities which will now be under Sakai’s management. These include facilities in London (six locations), Frankfurt (three), Paris (three), Moscow (one) and Istanbul (one).
The company’s global portfolio extends to another 11 regions including Cape Town, Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing, New York and Los Angeles.
Amazon’s €1bn Irish data centre falls victim to Apple’s €850m hub massive delay misery
By João Marques Lima Published: Updated: 01:18, 21 April, 2017
Site next to Facebook’s local data centre was expected to be brought online in late 2018 or H1 2019.
Amazon has become the second multinational to come under fire from Irish locals in relation to its mega data centre project in the country.
The company’s recently announced €1bn renewable energy-powered data centre campus in Dublin is facing opposition from the same objectors to Apple’s €850m data centre in Co Galway.
With original plans laying out plans to break ground in 2017, Amazon is now dealing with arguments against its facility from one of the locals who has also strongly opposed to Apple’s project, according to the Irish Independent.
Co Galway-based engineer Allan Daly has called upon local authorities to not grant permission to the project until Amazon specifies the data centre campus heavy energy consumption.
The engineer has also said that Fingal Country Council should not grant such permission until the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment does not complete the on-going assessment of Ireland’s renewable energy framework.
The Independent reports, however, that no deadline has been made publicly known regarding the conclusion of the assessment.
Daley told Fingal County Council: “Any agreement to somehow ‘purchase’ existing renewables from energy suppliers creates a false nexus between Ireland’s existing wind farms and the development proposal.”
The opposition to the Amazon data centre mirrors the one faced by Apple and its ongoing judicial battle to break ground on its Galway data centre originally expected to become operational in 2017. The earliest estimates now point to March 2019, however, the company is still awaiting final permission for the development.
Amazon’s data centre in the north of the Irish capital, to be developed under the codename of Project G, was unveiled on March 10, 2017, and is set to be one of the company’s largest investments in Ireland and Europe.
The park is projected to be 26 acres with the first data centre building measuring 223,233 sqf and costing the company €200m.
Seven other smaller buildings are projected for a phased-out expansion over the years.
The land on which the facility is to be built has previously owned by the Irish Industrial Development Authority (IDA).
The site next to Facebook’s local data centre was expected to be brought online in late 2018 or H1 2019.
The Dublin data centre is set to become Amazon’s third data centre in Ireland in addition to sites in Tallaght and Clonshaugh.
Amazon has recently revealed that capital expenditure in Europe alone has reached €15bn.
RF Code appoints former IBM, Dell, Salesforce executives in global expansion drive
By João Marques Lima Published: 08:55, 20 April, 2017 Updated: 23:55, 20 April, 2017
New sales and marketing heads tasked with driving company’s data centre portfolio revenues up across the board.
Real-time intelligence for data centres provider RF Code has appointed two former Dell and Salesforce executives for its US-based team as the company expands global operations.
With that in mind, the company has named ex-Schneider Electric Jonathan Luce, who led RF Code to record revenues in 2016 and deployed RF Code’s subscription sales strategy, its senior vice president of worldwide strategic partnerships.
In addition, former Salesforce, IBM, Symantec and CA Technologies employee Christine Burke has been appointed as senior vice president of worldwide sales.
SolarWinds and Dell former executive Rebecca Kan has been made vice president of marketing.
In a statement the company said: “Following a year of rapid global growth within its subscription pricing model and channel programme, the new roles of senior vice president of strategic partnerships, senior vice president of worldwide sales, and vice president of marketing reflect the next stage of business growth for the data centre solutions provider.”
Luce will be responsible for coordinating RF Code’s sales by establishing global strategic partnerships to merge the
organisation’s data centre solutions with their product offerings.
In concert with the executive team, he will also oversee business development and retention strategies, with a focus on continuing growth within the company’s subscription pricing offerings for data centres in both domestic and international markets.
In her turn, Burke has been tasked with providing strategic sales direction to lead RF Code through this next growth phase.
She will also oversee sales operations along with strategic account planning for US and global customers.
Lastly, Kan has been given the responsibility to develop and implement an overall corporate marketing strategy to support RF Code’s data centre offerings, building awareness around the company’s subscription pricing plans and translating the company’s business objectives into marketing strategies that drive revenue.
Ed Healy, CEO at RF Code, said: “The recent growth that RF Code has achieved has helped to cement its position as a global leader in data centre intelligence.
“I am delighted to welcome these new additions to our leadership and look forward to implementing their strategies to continue building on our success, both domestically and abroad.
“With robust growth in RF Code’s subscription sales and channel programme, we are prioritising new strategic collaborations across the world while ensuring that existing partners continue to enjoy a high level of success.”