CWHK Awards 2018: Powering next generation data centers

Ben Tam, business development manager, Schneider Electric Hong Kong

Award: DATA CENTER POWER SYSTEMS

Winner: Schneider Electric Galaxy VM & VX

Digital transformation, smart cities, and IoT developments are driving an unprecedented rise in demand for data centers in Hong Kong. Scalable power density and high efficiency are becoming more critical than before.

“It’s becoming more and more critical for data centers to support the evolving demand in physical infrastructure from cloud to edge, while ensuring availability and operational efficiency,” said Ben Tam, business development manager of Schneider Electric Hong Kong.

As an energy management and automation specialist, Schneider Electric’s offerings have been recognized by the readers of Computerworld Hong Kong, who voted them as winner in the data center power systems category for 13 years. The company’s power protection system Galaxy VM/VX is the winning product for this year.

Scalable and flexible power protection

According to Schneider Electric, Galaxy VM was launched earlier than Galaxy VX. The latter is an extra high rating UPS system, ranging from 500kW to 1500kW. This increases redundancy in parallel with load demand.

“Galaxy VM/VX system is embedded with three-phase power protection offering flexible operating modes for large facilities, data centers and business critical applications,” he said.

The flexible operating modes include ECOnversion mode that helps reduce power loss. They deliver “very high efficiency even at very low load levels” and comply with “Class 1 output voltage regulation.”

Most data centers have been using power usage effectiveness (PUE) for years to measure their energy use. They are looking for greener solutions to further lower down PUE. ECOnversion mode brings high energy efficiency.

In addition, the product uses the company’s patented technology—fourlevel inverters, which help reduce failure rates and extend the lifecycle of power systems.

For enhanced protection, the product is available with various battery storage options including lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. Li-ion enables rapid discharge or recharge, reduces maintenance complexity and costs, and decreases footprint.

The product also comes with a Smart Power Test (SPoT) feature, allowing customers to test the product before connecting with the critical load. This in turn helps save installation and operation costs.

Projects in Hong Kong

With a range of power capabilities, Galaxy VM/VX is suited to customers ranging from large enterprises to SMEs. Their major customers include colocation companies, web service providers, telecom companies, and tertiary institutions. In Hong Kong, two universities and one colocation company bought VX for their projects, which are under construction stage. Most recently, some local tertiary institutions have deployed Galaxy VM/VX to support their data center infrastructure.

Moving forward, Tam said the company will further extend its power system’s features to all the product models. The small rating UPS systems will be built with features like ECONversion.

“We will continue to focus on enhancing our key strengths in reliability, energy efficiency, high availability and cost saving while augmenting broad power capacity options,” he said.

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