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Energy strategies for cloud-focused data centres in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | Oct. 2, 2012
APC by Schneider Electric Malaysia's vice president discusses some of the current trends as well as the myths in managing energy in data centres in the age of cloud computing.

Schneider Electric is emphasising its new business solution, Schneider-Electric Data Centres. This enables a company's IT to become an integral, supportive part of the business through its agile data centre physical infrastructure. Decisions related to IT are no longer just IT decisions made in the vacuum of the data centre, instead they are strategic business decisions that can have an impact on the company's long-term budget, performance and growth. (Source: Cloud Computing Playbook, Section 3.2)

Also, as the market continues to change and expand, Schneider Electric's DCIM software business needs to monitor the response of market demands and IT requirements. With management software that provides full visibility across end to end physical infrastructure, dynamic data centres can actively help drive both current and future business needs. (Source: Cloud Computing Playbook, Section 3.2 and IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Datacenter Infrastructure Management (DCIM) 2011 Vendor Analysis-White Paper)

With IT contributing four to five percent of total energy, greening the IT department is a critical step towards environmental sustainability and carbon reduction. Newly designed data centres can result in a savings of 20-50 percent of the electricity bill, and with a systematic effort up to 90 percent of the electricity bill can be avoided. (Source: Eco-Business Briefing Document, Answer No.3)


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