Schneider Electric has announced new EcoStruxure Ready prefabricated modular power solutions and Uptime Institute TIER-Ready reviewed reference designs 

The data centre industry is seeing a surge in demand for faster and easier ways to deploy power, especially among cloud and service providers, fuelling growth in the prefab modular data centre market.

Cloud and service providers and organisations are increasingly demanding quick and flexible deployments at smaller scales and in remote locations. Modular construction methods are popular as they enable more predictable and dependable data centre operations.

Schneider’s new expanded power portfolio is capable of up to 1.25mw and offers the broadest range of prefabricated power, cooling and IT designs, the firm says.

It also says its new Uptime certified designs allow others seeking Tier certification to speed up the process while reducing costs by as much as 50% to the end-user.

Each reference design – part of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure data centre architecture – is reviewed and approved by Uptime Institute, the global standard for data centre design and construction.

Announced last year, EcoStructure is Schneider’s IoT-enabled, plug-and-play, open, interoperable architecture and platform. It has exploded onto the IoT platform market, integrating 20,000 systems across 480,000 sites.

“These services must be delivered with the same level of mission-critical performance seen in larger data centres, but at a dramatically smaller scale, which can be deployed in a fraction of the time, all without incurring the traditional risk associated with remote infrastructures,” said Phil Collerton, Chief Revenue Officer, Uptime Institute.

Andrew Bradner, Vice President, Prefabricated Modular Data Centers at Schneider Electric said: “With our expanded power portfolio and the release of the TIER-Ready reviewed designs, we continue to reduce deployment times and simplify the way data centres are designed.”

In an article for The Stack, Patrick Donovan, senior research analyst at the Data Center Science Center at Schneider Electric, explained the benefits of data centre standardisation.