Schneider Electric Announces Partnership with Avnet and Iceotope to Develop Liquid-Cooled Data Center Solutions

October 25 15:54 2019
Schneider Electric announced that it is teaming up with Avnet and Iceotope to jointly develop innovative, chassis-level immersive liquid cooling solutions for data centers

The newly announced partnership brings together three global technology innovation leaders: Avnet for technology integration services; Iceotope for chassis-level immersion cooling technologies; and Schneider Electric for data center infrastructure solutions.

Schneider Electric has invested in Iceotope through SE Ventures, the investment arm of the Innovation at the Edge program which includes investments, incubations, partnerships and joint ventures with external partners to make bold ideas a reality in the transition to decentralized, digitized and decarbonized energy.

Schneider Electric’s preliminary analysis of a chassis-level immersion cooled solution versus a traditional air-cooled solution shows CapEx savings of 15 percent and energy savings of at least 10 percent, which leads to a 20-year Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) savings of over 11 percent.

Liquid Cooling more efficient and less costly for power-dense applications

The parallel-processing power of Graphical Processing Units, known as GPUs, makes them the most efficient processor for a growing number of applications including AI, big data analytics, data mining, and more. The chips are increasingly power dense with thermal design power ratings reaching 400 watts or more. This makes traditional data center air-cooled architectures impractical, or costly and less efficient than liquid-cooled approaches where the server is partially submerged in a dielectric fluid. And liquid cooling offers the following benefits:

Efficient: No need for air conditioning, delivers same processing power with less energy
Silent: No industrial drone from fans and pumps
Resilient: All components are in a sealed module that resists dust and smoke
Compact: Smaller, more flexible footprint

These benefits mean that liquid cooling might be the preferred technology for applications other than just extreme power densities.

ThoughtWire and Schneider Electric Announce Strategic Partnership and New Joint Offering for Healthcare Facilities

Schneider Electric and ThoughtWire, a leading provider of Digital Twins for the built environment, announced a strategic partnership to create smarter digital hospitals that operate seamlessly. The partnership means healthcare customers can take advantage of the connected hospital and achieve their digital strategy objectives faster by leveraging ThoughtWire and Schneider Electric’s suite of solutions.

This new partnership addresses some of the biggest roadblocks to becoming a truly patient-centric digital hospital. Today, healthcare facilities are operated in silos with fragmented information available from a variety of different systems. There is very little connectivity between facilities management and clinical operations, yet patients and clinicians increasingly require a more seamless experience in the hospital environment.

Partnering with ThoughtWire allows Schneider Electric healthcare facilities customers to benefit from the connected hospital environment, where facilities management and clinical workflow operations are orchestrated seamlessly, and each group has the visibility they need to deliver the best outcomes for patients and staff. ThoughtWire’s Digital Twin enables Schneider Electric to improve patient outcomes with a data model of a hospital’s building systems, clinical and IT systems, IoT devices, workflows and people.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.

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