Schneider Electric has launched a liquid cooled, EcoStruxure modular data centre, all-in-one module. Integrated by Avnet and containing chassis-level precision immersion cooling from Iceotope, the new prefabricated module will allow the most CPU and GPU-intensive high-performance computing (HPC) edge applications to be deployed with greater reliability in harsh and remote environments. From industrial manufacturing and automotive sites, to telco, military, mining, oil and gas, this market-first enables real-time data to be processed faster with greater innovation, efficiency and lower latency.
Housed in a 20’ ISO standard container, the all-in-one solution accommodates a standard 60kW IT load, with IT capacity of up to 336 kW available as a custom-made solution. The system also includes an 80 kW Galaxy VS 3-phase UPS, complete battery back-up, fire protection, fully integrated heat rejection and redundant cooling. Remote monitoring and management of both the physical environment and IT equipment is enabled with EcoStruxure IT software.
As part of the EcoStruxure modular data centre range, the liquid-cooled all-in-one prefabricated module delivers a fast, flexible, and predictable solution, offering the same quality and functionality as a traditional, stick-built facility. It enables new data centre capacity to be designed, built, and installed in a fraction of the time taken to acquire and develop traditional data centre environments. All equipment is factory-installed and tested to provide resilient and predictable performance with decreased risk from day one.
Chassis-level precision immersion cooling
Designed for sustainable operations, the module combines high efficiency with an ultra-low PUE <1.15, with some sites today showing that PUE of 1.03 can also be achieved. The use of liquid cooling reduces the requirement for air handling equipment, simplifying the cooling infrastructure, and eliminating the need for fans. This offers the dual effect of lowering infrastructure energy use, making more power available to the IT load and improving the reliability of the environment. It also reduces maintenance and service complexity through the exclusion of electro-mechanical devices, which require regular upgrades and replacement.
Using Iceotope’s Ku:l 2 liquid-cooled chassis enclosures integrated with Schneider Electric’s NetShelter Liquid-Cooled rack system, mission-critical IT equipment is completely isolated from the environment and precision immersion-cooled in a sealed enclosure which is impervious to dust, gases and humidity. Secure and tamper-proof, computing, storage and networking equipment is provided with an extra level of physical and I/O-connective security.
“Today, demand for the most powerful CPUs and GPUs has risen in practically every IT application, while at the same time, competition for space has quickly become acute,” Robert Bunger, program director, CTO Office, Schneider Electric, said. “The all-in-one liquid-cooled prefabricated data center module meets the need to deploy compute-intensive processing power in a compact, secure and dedicated edge environment, which can be deployed almost anywhere in as little as six weeks.”