Tech Data and Schneider Electric have announced an expansion to their existing partnership to improve enterprise access to net-zero data centre solutions. Tech Data will now offer enhanced edge products in addition to the existing Schneider Electric products and services already offered.
Customers of Tech Data will now have access to Schneider Electric’s Green Premium program, the company’s sustainability program that optimises resource utilisation, regulatory compliance, and total cost of ownership. It also enables enterprise access to Internet of Things solutions that support environmental goals and objectives.
Schneider Electric’s Cooling Optimise suite of products will also be available, which reduce energy and resource consumption through data centre cooling systems. Schneider Electric utilises machine learning to eliminate hot spots and optimise airflow to improve cooling in enterprise data centre facilities.
Tech Data customers can receive environmental consulting services from Schneider, which are focused on optimising PUE. Schneider consultants take a three-step approach to optimising resource utillisation: first digitising, then strategising, and finally decarbonising.
Mark Tan, Vice President of Tech Data Singapore, emphasised the strong projected growth of the data centre market in Singapore and its potential to impact the country’s environment: “With data centres being energy and resource-intensive, the issue of serious environmental concern cannot be ignored.”
Tech Data’s expansion of offerings is intended to help customers in Singapore deploy edge workloads and processes at remote offices across the country, in addition to supporting the sustainability and net-zero objectives of Singaporean businesses.
“It is essential for businesses to move towards sustainability. Organisations need to account for their energy usage and adopt methods to reduce energy consumption, and net-zero data centres can play a key role by helping to increase and measure energy efficiency, focusing on clean energy, water efficiency, and circular economy,” added Tan.
Schneider Electric’s Green Premium, Cooling Optimise, and Sustainability Consulting programs rely heavily on third-party collaboration. With the expanded partnership, Tech Data is now a part of that network of partners.
“At Schneider Electric, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. We believe our partnership with Tech Data makes value-added sustainable data solutions more accessible to businesses and contributes to tangible efforts in greening the entire value chain,” said Lee Siew Keong, Head of Secure Power for Schneider Electric Singapore.
As part of the alliance, partners and end-users will be provided with micro data centre solutions that prioritise speed-to-market integration while advancing sustainability goals.
“As local data centres scale out to support the growth of data-intensive ultra-low latency applications, micro data centres present a complete IT solution by combining power, cooling, security, and monitoring in an enclosed rack system. This radically decreases the data centres’ carbon footprint, as micro data centres simplify deployment by rapidly optimising edge computing solutions,” added Lee.
Singapore’s data centre market size is expected to witness investments of US$ 5 billion in the next four years and the forecasted market value is expected to be US$ 4.7 billion by 2026.