TechValidate Research on Schneider Electric Data Centres

9 Case Studies


Government IT Initiatives Case Study

US Department Of The Navy

Introduction

This case study of US Department of the Navy is based on a June 2016 survey of Government IT Initiatives customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

Challenges

  • Needs the most help complying with DCOI in the following areas:
    • Better understanding of the DCOI
    • How to measure PUE
    • Energy metering & efficiency optimization
    • DCIM implementation
    • Cost savings and avoidance
    • Energy audits

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of Government IT Initiatives that the surveyed organization uses:

  • Their current Power Usage Effectiveness, PUE is 1.5 – 1.9.

Results

  • Currently measuring Power Usage Effectiveness, PUE with:
    • Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software
  • Plans to start complying with the DCOI in 0 – 6 months
  • Agrees the following are a higher priority than complying with DCOI:
    • Cyber security
    • Data analytics
    • Physical security
    • Business continuity
    • Maintenance
    • Equipment upgrades
  • Rated the following DCOI metrics in terms of importance to their company: (1-most important, 6-least important)
    • Energy metering: 2
    • PUE: 2
    • Virtualization: 3
    • Server utilization: 3
    • Facility utilization: 3
    • Consolidation: 3
  • Expects to realize 5% – 9% in cost savings from complying with the DCOI

Government IT Initiatives Case Study

Federal Government

Introduction

This case study of a federal government is based on a June 2016 survey of Government IT Initiatives customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled organization asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“In order to successfully comply with DCOI, we need to properly explain the exceptions, the rollout plan and the achievements of programs that are aimed at reducing costs to all stakeholders, top to bottom.”

Challenges

  • Needs the most help complying with DCOI in the following areas:
    • How to measure PUE
    • Energy metering & efficiency optimization
    • DCIM implementation
    • Reporting (compliance, progress towards goals, etc)

Use Case

  • Heard about the Data Center Optimization Initiative, DCOI through:
    • Print publication
    • Email newsletter
    • Vendor
    • Managed Service Provider / System Integrator
    • Consultant
  • Their current Power Usage Effectiveness, PUE is under 1.5

Results

  • Currently measuring Power Usage Effectiveness, PUE with:
    • Internally developed system
  • Plans to start complying with the DCOI in 6 – 12 months
  • Agrees the following are a higher priority than complying with DCOI:
    • Cyber security
    • Business continuity
  • Rated the following DCOI metrics in terms of importance to their company:
    • Energy metering: 3
    • PUE: 1 (most important)
    • Virtualization: 2
    • Server utilization: 2
    • Facility utilization: 2
    • Consolidation: 4
  • Expects to realize 15% – 19% in cost savings from complying with the DCOI

Operation Services by Schneider Electric Case Study: Sunesys

Introduction

This case study of SUNESYS is based on a July 2015 survey of Schneider Electric Data Centres customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“Environmental equipment and cabinets are maintained. They keep me posted on their maintenance schedule.”

Challenges

  • Real world challenge Schneider Electric’s Operation Services helped them address:
    • Safety concerns

Use Case

  • Schneider Electric’s Operation Services purchased for their data center:
    • Vendor Management (Schneider Electric manages service contracts from multiple vendors)

Results

  • Benefits from Schneider Electric’s Operation Services:
    • Peace of mind in knowing that they are getting the most they can from all their service contracts
    • Confidence that their critical equipment is receiving the service it needs for optimal performance
    • Improved levels of up-time and optimized system performance in the data center
    • Saving time and enables my team to focus on our core competencies
  • Chose Schneider Electric’s Operation Services because:
    • They demonstrated in-depth knowledge of industry best practices
    • Of the access to Schneider Electric’s Intellectual Property (proven processes, procedures, software, automation tools, training, etc.)
    • They offer one stop shopping for services throughout the life cycle of their data center

Operation Services by Schneider Electric: Case Study- City Of San Antonio

Introduction

This case study of City of San Antonio is based on a July 2015 survey of Schneider Electric Data Centres customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“Schneider has consistently provided exceptional services and skilled technicians to effectively manage the critical equipment (UPS and Power Conditioning systems) that sustains our data centers and related environments.”

“I am able to focus on other ‘priorities’ that occur on a regular basis in managing multiple facilities, and have confidence that Schneider is capable of performing the services accurately on a consistent basis.”

Challenges

  • Schneider Electric’s Operation Services helped them address:
    • Missed scheduled service visits
    • Recurrent equipment issues or insufficient reliability
    • Safety concerns
    • Insufficient staff on site with the technical knowledge onsite to address an issue
    • Escalating operating costs

Use Case

  • Schneider Electric Operation Services purchased for their data center:
    • Managed Maintenance (Vendor Management PLUS a Schneider Electric employee is on site to oversee service visits)

Results

  • Benefits from Schneider Electric’s Operation Services:
    • Peace of mind in knowing that they are getting the most they can from all their service contracts
    • Confidence that their critical equipment is receiving the service it needs for optimal performance
    • Optimized energy efficiency in the data center
    • Saving time and enables my team to focus on our core competencies
    • Reduced operating expenses and reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) through optimization of maintenance program
  • Chose Schneider Electric because:
    • They are considered a thought leader in the data center industry with decades of experience
    • They demonstrated in-depth knowledge of industry best practices
    • Schneider, unlike many competitors considered, offers industry specific solutions for data centers
    • They offer one stop shopping for services throughout the life cycle of their data center

Case Study: Global 500 Industrial Manufacturing Company

Introduction

This case study of a Global 500 industrial manufacturing company is based on a February 2013 survey of Schneider Electric Data Centres customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

Challenges

  • The deployment of InfraStruxure solved operational challenges in the data center by reducing downtime.
  • Purchase of InfraStruxure was influenced by the rack based components.

Use Case

  • Uses an ISX Solution in their data center.
  • Purchased InfraStruxure/APC components in the last 36 months.

Results

  • Believes agility is the top value of InfraStruxure.
  • Reduced operational costs by 20-29% with the data center solution management software.
  • The solution management software lowered unnecessary downtime.
  • InfraStruxure solution was deployed in less than two days.

Case Study: Educational Institution

Introduction

This case study of a educational institution is based on a February 2013 survey of Schneider Electric Data Centres customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled organization asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

Challenges

  • The operational challenge of downtime was solved with the deployment of InfraStruxure.
  • The modular design of the system influenced the purchase decision.

Use Case

  • InfraStruxure is used to support the data center.
  • The InfraStruxure/APC components were purchased in the last 36 months.

Results

  • The InfraStruxure solution was installed and running in under a month.

Case Study: Medium Enterprise Health Care Company

Introduction

This case study of a medium enterprise health care company is based on a March 2013 survey of Schneider Electric Data Centres customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“InfraStruxure easily integrates with existing building systems.”

Challenges

  • Solved the operational challenge of downtime with the deployment of InfraStruxure.
  • Purchase of InfraStruxure was influenced by the modular design.

Use Case

  • Uses Power Distribution to support their data center.
  • Purchased APC components in the last 36 months.

Results

  • Believes low mean time to repair is the top value of InfraStruxure.
  • Deployed their InfraStruxure solution in under 3 months.

Case Study: Medium Enterprise Computer Software Company

Introduction

This case study of a medium enterprise computer software company is based on a March 2013 survey of Schneider Electric Data Centres customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

Challenges

  • Solved the operational challenge of providing UPS expansion with the deployment of InfraStruxure.
  • The purchase of InfraStruxure was influenced by the scalable design.

Use Case

  • Uses a data center solution from APC to support and backup their data center.
  • Purchased APC components in the last 36 months.

Results

  • Believes pay as you grow is the top value of the InfraStruxure Data Center Solution.
  • Deployed the InfraStruxure solution in under a month.

Case Study: Large Enterprise Professional Services Company

Introduction

This case study of a large enterprise professional services company is based on a February 2013 survey of Schneider Electric Data Centres customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“Once all the components were installed and online, we were able to manage a data center from one desktop.”

“We are now more able to identify where power consumption is greater per rack in the thermal dynamics of our data center space. We can monitor how integrated the monitoring system is with our operations management software.”

Challenges

  • Solved the operational challenge of low data center efficiency with the deployment of InfraStruxure.
  • Purchase of InfraStruxure was influenced by the scalability.

Use Case

  • Uses an InfraStruxure Solution in their data center.
  • Purchased InfraStruxure/APC components in the last 36 months.

Results

  • Believes speed of deployment is the top value of InfraStruxure.
  • Lowered unnecessary downtime by < 25% with the solution management software.
  • Deployed their InfraStruxure solution in 1 month to < 3 months.



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