Schneider Electric Announces Prefab Data Centers Up To 2 Megawatts


Schneider Electric has expanded its range of modular data center products, including both IT modules and power skids. (Photo: Colleen Miller)

Schneider Electric has announced the availability of prefabricated data centers offering up to 2 megawatts of IT capacity. The company sees modular expansion as a major opportunity, and has been increasing its offerings to target this market. The company introduced 15 new prebricated data center modules as well as 14 data center reference designs.

The new prefab modules deliver IT, power, and/or cooling integrated with best in class components as well as the company’s StruxureWare Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM). The modules are scalable in 250kW to 2MW increments, with capacities ranging from 90kW to 1.2 megawatts. They are Uptime Tier II and Tier III compliant, with the goal of being customizable, predictable and easy to deploy for facilities managers looking to optimize and expand.

“Today’s business environment demands data centers that are increasingly more flexible and scalable with an emphasis on deployment speed,” said Kevin Brown, vice president, Data Center Global Offer and Strategy, Schneider Electric. “Prefabricated data centers enable data center managers to maximize the speed of business through rapid installation, easy expansion and improved cash management. This prefabricated approach inherently increases the predictability of the build process, since most of the construction occurs in a factory instead of in the field.”

These prefabricated modules are delivered on-site preconfigured and pre-tested for easy installation with a lead time of 12-16 weeks, depending on project complexity. Schneider said the solution includes a wide range of prefabricated data center reference designs and module configurations, detailed technical documentation, and regional support teams.

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Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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  1. Where are they going to put these? Has this segment not yet learned that having a product is great, but having a solution is better? I love modular and have since I sold the container to NASA, but what the segment has missed in breathtaking fashion is the fact that these products still need a place to land. That means site selection, site prep, and creative engineering which most companies are not experts in, nor are they experts in data center which means double risk to using them. When you have these awesome products and no where (or no ability) to put them someplace useful, it's a much harder sell than a Tier III data center that can give me 2 MW next quarter with little work on my part and an SLA to back it up. I understand there are associated services to deliver a 'solution', but I'd rather just buy steak, than go through the process of growing a cow in my backyard no matter how much I would save, or cool the cow is. Buy a cow that's mine being raised on a ranch by professionals? Sign me up!

  2. JP Balajadia

    I would be interested to hear from some architects, engineers, and contractors (generals and subs) to see if this will have negative effect on specifying Schneider gear from future bids, as they are now a direct competitor in the data center market? How will Schneider guarantee that internal orders won't get preferential treatment for production, pricing, service, etc.? Likewise with distribution chain partners...this would seem to me to be a play to capture better margins for their gear...unless there is some customer that they have that was clamoring for them to build custom units that they didn't mention.