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Peugeot revs up new server room

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French carmaker, Peugeot South Africa is experiencing the benefits of APC by Schneider Electric's "data centre on demand" InfraStruXure architecture, enjoying improved cooling in its new server room.

According to Alexandre Vellieux, IT Manager at Peugeot Motors South Africa SA, the company's recent head office move precipitated its decision to investigate a new solution to improve its cooling setup.
"Having relocated our head office, we needed to update the technology within our server room with a cooling component. We had already had some experience with APC products and had listed it as one of the top three companies to approach.
"Besides meeting our cooling requirements, we found that InfraStruXure is also flexible enough to grow with the organisation as Peugeot SA strengthens its position in the local marketplace," explains Vellieux. "This was an important consideration for us when looking for the right solution and why we felt that InfraStruXure was the best fit for us."
InfraStruXure uses an open, building-block approach, with standardised, modular components, integrating power, cooling, and environmental management within a rack-optimised design.
"InfraStruXure allows users like Peugeot to install only what is required today, yet easily scales to meet future demands," says Rodney Callaghan, MD: Southern Africa at APC by Schneider Electric. "It also increases system availability while decreasing design and install time from months to days.
"The solution takes a rack-based modular approach which allows it to be easily moved and facilitate quick installation and is designed to accommodate changing power densities. Furthermore, InfraStruXure's hot-swappable modules assist in lowering mean-time-to-recovery."
Peugeot's InfraStruXure implementation has been completed and, according to Vellieux, all is in order.
"We have already seen a major improvement in our previously experienced cooling issues. Peugeot is also very happy with the layout of our server room – InfraStruXure's management side has enabled us to create a very clean, orderly environment," he adds.
The InfraStruXure architecture is suitable for environments of all sizes, from wiring closets to large data centres.