The Benefits of Integrating Hardware, Software, and Services within a Modular Data Centre
The proliferation of IoT applications across many industries is spurring the growth of edge computing, which brings compute power close to the action.
As organizations shift their data centre strategy from a centralized approach to a distributed model design to process IoT-generated data, prefabricated modular data centres are emerging as a “go-to” solution.
These modular data centres should ideally come with a system-level service and maintenance plan – integrating the UPS, cooling, switchboard, and container. To optimize operations, companies should look for modular data centres built to integrate hardware, software, and services that enable organizations to connect more products and devices at the system level. This approach allows for a standard data model with cloud-based applications, tools, and services to increase performance, boost availability, and decrease operational costs. Just as today’s automobiles are factory built with an array of sensors and onboard computers ― modular data centres can be equipped with hardware and software that can be installed, configured, and tested in the modular data centre factory to drive greater efficiency, while reducing costs.
Why prefabricated modular data centres?
Prefabricated modular data centres can provide a competitive advantage to organizations:
IoT device level data
A prefabricated modular data centre can be designed to capture sensor-based equipment and device data and provide it in a standard, holistic data model instead of a piecemeal approach. The modular, pre-engineered form factor approach enables an efficient, cost-effective way to connect and collect data. And it allows manufacturers, customers, and service providers to leverage this data model with today’s applications, as well as ride the wave of the evolution to machine learning, outcome-based analytics, and augmented reality (AR) service tools.
The data model at a system level can provide valuable insights to reduce cost, increase performance, and help mitigate risk and human error. The alternative is a disjointed approach, which gathers equipment data but doesn’t link data at a system level, resulting in data becoming stranded and not providing the actionable insight that organizations need.
Maintenance services are critical in today’s data centres to ensure optimum performance, improve safety, and reduce downtime. However, the challenge with traditional data centres is that no two are built the same, hardware selections vary, and data may be shared on a variety of different protocols or systems. This scattered approach presents inherent limitations to developing a holistic, data-driven view of the entire data centre. And this lack of uniformity and integration makes it more challenging to deploy a holistic, system-level service offer while leveraging new digital twin technology or 3D modeling technologies.
With modular data centres, companies can more easily leverage new digital technologies like AR, which enable inspection and maintenance activities to take place as guided processes. The benefits are reduced human error, increased employee safety, and improved tracking and accountability. An additional advantage is that a digital repository of assets, operational, maintenance, and other critical documentation can be embedded, putting this information at your fingertips when needed.
One of the major hurdle’s organizations face when deploying multiple modular data centres at edge locations is the lack of visibility or on-site facility management staff. That’s why a modular data centre with remote monitoring capabilities is vital to prevent unplanned downtime. Schneider Electric can also address this challenge by offering a service that provides round-the-clock remote monitoring and comprehensive maintenance service offer for the entire modular data centres.
Discover modular data centres
These modular data centres are ideal for environments where they can be placed close to where data is generated. This data from IoT devices can trigger alarms, can be analysed to provide actionable insights, and cloud-based machine learning systems can even predict events. This capability can improve performance, optimize energy consumption, and determine when maintenance is required.
Australian-based Leading Edge recently implemented Schneider Electric’s integrated modular data centres. Leading Edge CEO Chris Thorpe said, “At Leading Edge, we have fully embraced the Schneider Electric software and service methodology to improve our business. The modular data centre approach has truly been a collaborative effort from the design, deployment, installation, monitoring, and maintenance, fitting perfectly into our long-term goals. Digital connectivity is a part of that and is a key aspect of our standardized design to ensure performance and uptime. By tying together our hardware with a complete suite of services, we can remotely monitor dozens of sites around the globe. If an alarm should arise, Schneider Electric notifies us and dispatches their service technician to our site, allowing us to remain focused on our core business. We found that the Schneider Electric modular data centre solution with its maintenance plan was the winning combination we were looking for.”
Modular data centres can create a perfect environment to implement equipment connectivity and leverage IoT. Learn more about how modular data centres and Schneider Electric global service teams can help your company optimize data centre operations.
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