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Schneider Electric unveils enhanced data centre White Space portfolio for AI and high-density applications

Fri 14 Jun 2024

Digital automation and energy management company, Schneider Electric, has unveiled its revamped data centre White Space portfolio.

This new portfolio features the NetShelter SX Gen2 enclosures, updated NetShelter Aisle Containment, and forthcoming enhancements to the NetShelter Rack PDU Advanced.

The portfolio is tailored for modern data centres, especially those managing high-density applications, artificial intelligence (AI) workloads, and complying with regulations such as the European Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

The NetShelter SX Gen2 enclosures are specifically engineered to support the demands of contemporary data centres. Schneider Electric said the new racks can support up to 25% more weight than previous models, handling approximately 1,814 kilograms, essential for accommodating the heavier, denser equipment associated with AI and high-performance computing.

Enhanced perforation in the doors increases airflow, vital for cooling high-density server configurations, and the racks offer more space and better cable management options for larger, more complex server setups.

With security of physical equipment remaining an important requirement, the enclosures feature all-steel construction and 3-point-locking systems to improve data centre protection.

Schneider Electric said the NetShelter SX Gen2 racks reduce their overall climate change impact by around 3.3% per rack and are designed to be highly recyclable, with approximately 97% of the rack being recyclable. These racks are available in standard sizes of 42U, 45U, and 48U along with wide, extra-wide and deep models.

“With enhanced weight support, airflow management, and physical security, we are enabling our users to optimise their data centre operations while also advancing sustainability,” said Elliott Turek, Director of Category Management, Secure Power Division at Schneider Electric.

Advanced Cooling and Flexibility

Schneider Electric said the latest NetShelter Aisle Containment can achieve up to 20% more cooling capacity. This is crucial for managing the heat generated by AI servers and other high-density applications. The system incorporates an air flow controller that automates fan speed, reducing fan energy consumption by up to 40% compared to traditional passive cooling systems.

The vendor neutral containment systems provide greater flexibility and speed of setup for data centre operators, allowing for easier integration and adaptation to existing builds. The new design also simplifies installation and field modifications, while reducing energy expenses by between 5 and 10%.

Turek said containment remains paramount in today’s high-density data centres.

“Even in liquid cooled applications, air heat rejection plays a critical role. Our NetShelter Aisle Containment solutions not only enhance cooling capacity but also offer significant energy savings, aligning with our commitment to sustainability,” said Turek.

Security and Management with NetShelter 

The NetShelter Rack PDU Advanced with Secure NMC3 is an updated power distribution unit equipped with advanced security features and enhanced management capabilities.

Schneider Electric said the Secure NMC3 network management card provides robust cybersecurity measures and enables third-party validation for firmware updates for consistent compliance. This support for mass firmware updates significantly reduces the manual effort required to keep the PDUs secure and up-to-date, which is crucial for maintaining security across large deployments.

The PDU is suitable for a range of applications, including those with power requirements up to an including 70kW per rack, making it a versatile solution for various data centre configurations. It includes features that enhance energy efficiency and operational reliability, contributing to the overall sustainability of the data centre.

Turek said security and efficiency are at the forefront of our advanced of Schneider Electric’s PDUs.

“By integrating expended security and management features, we are ensuring that our customers can maintain secure and efficient operations with ease,” said Turek.

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