Schneider Electric powers up $40m data centre

FKG Group’s $40 million Pulse Data Centre

Australia’s first Tier III regional data centre has been officially opened for business in Toowoomba.

FKG Group’s $40 million Pulse Data Centre is underpinned by Schneider Electric’s Ecostruxure IT platform to deliver a high-performing efficient, scalable and secure data centre fit for local and international business needs.

“In a multi-connected world, it’s now more important than ever to protect critical information and data, so a Tier III rating is very important for the data centres customer’s,” Schneider Electric Pacific zone president Gareth O’Reilly said.

“Our EcoStruxure platform of power, plus cooling, security and energy management solutions enable the data centre to reach that Tier rating, plus provide a physical infrastructure that can adapt quickly to future data demand driven by the digitisation of the economy and cities.

“We saw this as an opportunity to bring our global expertise in data centre solutions and energy management to Toowoomba and cement Australia’s ability to host data centres to serve the Pacific zone.”

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure platform leverages advancements in Internet of Things (IoT) technology to deliver innovations at three levels:

  • Connected products: EcoStruxure collects data from all sorts of mechanical, power and IT devices, from switchgear and UPSs to PDUs, racks and in-row cooling systems
  • Edge: Enabling real-time monitoring, incident management, analysis and asset utilisation for smaller, distributed data centers that are becoming more and more critical in an IoT world
  • Analytics: This is where data coming into the platform is made sense of, with applications, services – including cloud-based services – and predictive analytics that help you more effectively manage your data centres.

“A great example of our technology in action at Pulse Data Centre is our Galaxy V-Series UPS solution for data centres, which feature long-lasting lithium-ion batteries,” Schneider Electric IT vice president Joe Craparotta said.

“Pulse Data Centre is able to provide excellent power quality in demanding electrical environments, offer lower energy costs – up to 99 per cent efficiency, and allows for local and remote management.”