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SCHNABEL on DatacenterDynamics Judges' Panel for APAC Awards 2016
SCHNABEL is a member of the Judges' Panel for the DatacenterDynamics Awards Asia Pacific 2016. The judging will culminate in an Awards Ceremony on 09-November-2016 in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

India DatacenterDynamics Converged 2016
SCHNABEL will speak at DatacenterDynamics Converged 2016 at Bangalore. The event is scheduled for 20-July-2016 and 21-July-2016.

SCHNABEL in the Core IT Working Group for Indian Standard on Data Center Energy Efficiency
Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) USA, and under the guidance of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), has taken up the Phase II initiative of developing a composite policy framework for energy efficiency in Indian Data Centers. SCHNABEL, as a member of the Core IT Working Group since 2015, is providing several inputs in the formulation of a metric for reporting the energy performance of Data Centers.

SCHNABEL's Client's Data Center Certified LEED Platinum and Tier III
SCHNABEL's Client's Data Center was certified Tier III for Design Documents by the Uptime Institute on 20-April-2015. The same Data Center was subsequently certified LEED Platinum under the LEED BD+C V4 for Data Centers in April 2016.

SCHNABEL Contributes to the Upcoming TIA-942-B Standard
As a member of the TR42.1 Sub-Committee under the TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association), SCHNABEL formally submitted recommendations in January 2016 towards the update and drafting of the TIA-942-B Data Center standard.

SCHNABEL's Take on NxtGen's HDDC
Ms. Shaheen Meeran, Managing Director of SCHNABEL, gives her views on NxtGen's state-of-the-art High Density Data Center (HDDC) at Bidadi, Bengaluru. The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWZK2l-SNn0

SCHNABEL Provides Inputs to the Upcoming ASHRAE Standard for Data Centers
SCHNABEL contributes to the BSR/ASHRAE Standard 90.4P Energy Standard for Data Centers. SCHNABEL's observations related to electrical losses and PUE were accepted in principle by the ASHRAE Committee in December 2015.

SCHNABEL and IDRBT Hyderabad
SCHNABEL delivered a training session on Data Center Design and Planning at the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT, established by the Reserve Bank of India) on 03-February-2016 at Hyderabad.

SCHNABEL on DatacenterDynamics Judges Panel for APAC Awards 2015
SCHNABEL was a member of the judges' panel for the DatacenterDynamics Awards Asia Pacific 2015. SCHNABEL judged the category Data Center Transformation Project of The Year. The awards were presented on 16-September-2015 at Singapore.

SCHNABEL joins the BICSI Data Center Subcommittee
In early 2015 SCHNABEL joined the BICSI Data Center Subcommittee that authors and updates the BICSI-002 Standard for the design and implementation of Data Centers.

India DatacenterDynamics Converged 2015
SCHNABEL will speak at DatacenterDynamics Converged 2015 at Bangalore on the topic 'Maintaining High Availability and Uptime Anywhere, Anytime'. The presentation is scheduled for 15-July-2015.

SCHNABEL Joins the TIA TR42.1 Sub-Committee
SCHNABEL joins the TR42.1 Sub-Committee under the TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association), and will contribute to the next version of the global TIA 942 Data Center standard that will be developed later in 2015.

SCHNABEL on DatacenterDynamics Judges Panel for APAC Awards 2014
SCHNABEL DC Consultants India was on the Judging Panel for the DatacenterDynamics APAC 2014 Awards. SCHNABEL judged the category 'Future Thinking and Design Concepts'. The Awards ceremony was held on 17-October-2014 at Singapore.

SCHNABEL Delivers Keynote Address at the BICSI India District Conference Bangalore
SCHNABEL delivers Keynote Address at the BICSI India District Conference and Exhibition-Bangalore. The event was held at the Sheraton Bangalore Brigade Gateway, on 12-September-2014. Event details are available at https://www.bicsi.org/event_details.aspx?sessionaltcd=CN-india-1409.

Bangalore DatacenterDynamics Converged 2014
SCHNABEL chaired a track, as well as made a presentation on the topic 'The Data Center Complements: Availability and Efficiency' at the DatacenterDynamics Converged event at Bangalore on 18-September-2014 at the Sheraton Bangalore Brigade Gateway.

SCHNABEL Continues as Invited Lecturer at IDRBT Hyderabad
The association between the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (under the Reserve Bank of India) and SCHNABEL DC Consultants India continues, with a lecture being delivered on 06-August-2014 on the subject of Data Center Design and Planning for bankers.

SCHNABEL's Client's Data Center Certified Tier IV for Design Documents
On 21-July-2014, SCHNABEL's design for a Client's Data Center was certified Tier IV by the Uptime Institute.

SCHNABEL Commences Project Delivery in Southeast Asia
With the commencement of a Data Center planning project in Southeast Asia in early 2014, SCHNABEL achieved a significant milestone for extended geographical reach.

SCHNABEL Crosses the 3 Million Square Feet Mark
By April 2014, SCHNABEL had addressed 3,100,000 square feet of Data Center built up area across India and the Middle East. This milestone was achieved in less than 7 years of project delivery from India.

SCHNABEL Delivers Keynote Address at the BICSI India District Conference Mumbai
SCHNABEL delivers Keynote Address at the BICSI India District Conference and Exhibition-Mumbai. The event was held at the Westin, Mumbai, India on 11-April-2014, and witnessed several expert sessions on Data Center trends. Event details are available at BICSI Mumbai 2014.

The BICSI Corporate Buyer’s Guide Features SCHNABEL for the Fourth Year
SCHNABEL DC Consultants India featured, fourth year running, in the prestigious international BICSI Corporate Buyer's Guide 2013.

Bangalore DatacenterDynamics Converged 2013
SCHNABEL chaired a track, as well as made a presentation on the Sustainability Index for Enterprise Data Centers at the DatacenterDynamics Converged event at Bangalore on 21-November-2013.

Mumbai DatacenterDynamics Converged 2013
An insightful panel discussion was conducted on the future of colocation market in India with senior industry representation by Mr. P. Sridhar Reddy (Chairman and Managing Director, CtrlS Datacenters), Mr. Nitin Mishra (Senior Vice President, Netmagic), Mr. Varoon Raghavan (AVP, Tata Communications) and Mr. A. S. Rajgopal (Managing Director, NxtGen Datacenter and Cloud Services). The panel was moderated by SCHNABEL.

Mr. Kiran Karnik Retires as Non-Executive Director from the SCHNABEL Board
Mr. Kiran Karnik, after 5 years as Non- Executive Director with SCHNABEL, formally retired from his position on the Board of Directors on 01-November-2013. Mr. Karnik continues to be a guide and well-wisher to the Company, and stays informed of developments in the Data Center industry in India and abroad.

Express Technology Senate Abu Dhabi
SCHNABEL attended the Express Technology Senate Abu Dhabi from 03-October-2013 to 06-October-2013. A panel discussion on the Relevance of Current Standards in the Enterprise Data Center was convened by SCHNABEL, with a lively discussion by eminent CIOs on the second day of the event.

Green Banking Guidelines Developed with IDRBT
SCHNABEL participates in the IDRBT (Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology, under the Reserve Bank of India) Green Banking Working Group. The resulting Guideline- including a chapter on Green Infrastructure and Data Centers- formally launched for use by the Indian Banking Sector on 02-August-2013.

SCHNABEL Continues as Invited Lecturer at IDRBT Hyderabad
The association between the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (under the Reserve Bank of India) and SCHNABEL DC Consultants India continues, with a lecture being delivered on 29-July-2013 on the subject of Data Center Design and Planning for bankers.

SCHNABEL Prepares for Celebrations - Five Years in India
SCHNABEL DC Consultants India prepares to celebrate a significant milestone in March 2013. With the completion of five years of operations in India and 2,800,000 square feet of Data Center built up area addressed across the country, the mood is upbeat.

NxtGen Datacenter & Cloud Services Advised by SCHNABEL
Mr. AS Rajgopal, CEO of NxtGen Datacenter & Cloud Services Limited, in an interview to CRN on 3-December-2012, talked about his organisation’s business plans, and association with SCHNABEL as a DC Consultant. The interview can be read at Building Cloud.

SCHNABEL Continues as Invited Speaker at IDRBT Hyderabad
The association between the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (under the Reserve Bank of India) and SCHNABEL DC Consultants India continues, with a lecture being delivered last on 05-November-2012 on the subject of Data Center Design and Planning. The program was targeted towards Data Center management and best practices for the banking fraternity.

SCHNABEL is Knowledge Partner and Event Chair at India Data Center Infratech Conference
SCHNABEL DC Consultants India was invited to be a Knowledge Partner at the India Data Center Infratech Conference, convened for the first time in India by Noppen. The event was held at the Marriott Juhu at Mumbai on 27 and 28-September-2012. The first day of the event was also chaired by SCHNABEL, with several interesting presentations made by distinguished speakers and industry members.

Mr. Juergen Schlichting Re-appointed as Chairman of the Board
On 24-September-2012, Mr. Juergen Schlichting was re-appointed as Chairman of the Board and Non-Executive Director of SCHNABEL DC Consultants India Private Limited. Mr. Schlichting has served previously as the Head of the Supervisory Board of SCHNABEL AG in Germany from 2007 to 2011. He also held the office of Chairman of the Board, SCHNABEL DC Consultants India from 2007 to 2009, before resuming this position in 2012. Mr. Schlichting is based at Lucerne, Switzerland, and travels frequently to India on official responsibilities.

With Mr. Schlichting chairing the Board, Mr. Kiran Karnik continues as Non- Executive Director as does Ms. Shaheen Meeran as Executive Director.
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Paint it green

Data Center Dynamics Conference and Expo series has established itself as the world�s leading forum for those involved in the construction and operation of mission-critical facilities. Its second annual Data Center Dynamics event in Bangalore focused on greening the Data Centers and how power and cooling are affecting operations. Abhinav Singh and Mohd Shariff PA report

Power and cooling problems including the complexities of managing Data Centers are prime challenges that have forced five of the top fifteen Indian Data Centers to move out of the country recently. The list includes Infosys Technologies and Reliance both among the top five companies that moved their Data Centers to foreign locations after they faced repeated challenges posed by power shortages, cooling requirement and complexities of managing their Data Centers. These were some of the opening statements made by Stephen Worn, CTO and group director of the Data CenterDynamics Conference and Expo Series that set the tone for the second annual Data CenterDynamics which was held in Bangalore.

The problems of Data Centers are growing and there are many ways in which they can be addressed. The Data CenterDynamics event had interesting sessions coupled with exhibition stalls set up by different vendors. The event drew close to 600 delegates from across the country�some coming from adjoining countries such as Sri Lanka. According to Worn the number of delegates almost doubled from 300 delegates who attended the 2006 event. Worn pointed out that the principal Data Center challenges included power, cooling, cabling and blade servers all of which need to be addressed.

The day long event also gave delegates and vendors a perfect platform to sit together for networking activities. The event had a long list of sponsors, which included platinum sponsors such as Schneider Electric, Emerson Network Power and Panduit. The Gold Sponsors included Hewlett Packard, Cummins Power Generation, Stulz and NetMagic. The Silver sponsors such as IBM, Tyco Electronics, SCHNABEL AG, Hitec Power Protection, Rittal, ADC KRONE, Piller Power Systems, SOCOMEC, Frankfurt Data Center, Current Brothers and Server Technology. Express Computer was the official media partner for the event.

Sunil Kumar Sood, President, Indian Association of Energy Management Professionals during his presentation on The importance of Energy Independence emphasized the importance of energy conservation. He mentioned that Data Centers were major consumers of energy resources in India. Citing examples, Sood said that Data Centers in the United States consume around 61 billion units of electricity annually, which is around 1.5% of the total power consumption in the US. He added that a particular Data Center in the UK consumed around 0.75% of that country�s total power consumption. Sood added that Data Centers were highly energy-intensive and consumed 10 to 100 times more energy per square foot than a typical office building were bound to have a large potential impact on electricity supply and distribution. He also said that since 25% of the total carbon dioxide emissions across the globe were from Data Centers a lot of emphasis should be laid on making Data Centers environment-friendly and less power hungry by using energy-efficient microprocessors and servers and also aim at reducing the number of servers and storage and server boxes in a Data Center through consolidation. He added that Rs 50,00,000 crores of investment would be required to meet India�s energy requirements.

Durgadutt Nedungadi, Director-Marketing and Alliances, HP India dwelt upon an Adaptive Infrastructure for Data Centers. He said that his company believe in using its experience, its own products and services, its own people, tools, and methods to build a platform and test it in its Data Centers before presenting it to customers. Nedungadi explained that Data Center automation is necessary to improve efficiencies. He said that procuring and installing a server in a Data Center costs less than the power and the cooling equipment required to run it. Nedungadi said that since energy costs were rising it was taking as much power to cool as to power computing systems. He added that HP�s Dynamic Smart Cooling technology had sensors on each rack which could sense how hot or cold a rack was and generate a thermal footprint so that cooling could be provisioned accordingly.

Sanjay Sainani, Vice President, Enterprise and Systems Line of Business, APJ (Asia Pacific and Japan) Schneider Electric in his presentation on The Greener Data Center said that power consumption by Data Centers has quadrupled during the past three years. Sainani added that oversizing is a primary contributor to Data Center inefficiency. He explained that a properly designed and efficient UPS had the ability to reduce proportional power losses in a Data Center compared to past designs by at least 50%.

Richard Jye Chen, Site Services Specialist, IBM Global Services shared his view on greening the Data Center. He said, �Data center challenges affect both physical Data Center (power density in UPS, switches, lights) and other IT systems as 30% of the energy goes into IT systems. There is a need for active energy management.� He added that by going green, organizations would realize major benefits in meeting regulations and standards. Having designed over a hundred Data Centers Chen talked about the IBM Green Project that aims to minimize the use of energy, water and materials while cutting waste and improving health and air quality at the same time reducing, reusing and recycling. The project focuses on four business issues�power and cooling to reduce energy requirements and subsequently the use of blade servers that consumes 20 to 45% less power and cooling than rack-mount technologies, business resiliency (redesign of Data Centers), consolidation of Data Centers to reduce costs (server consolidation) and going global. Chen suggested using the hot aisle/cold aisle approach to cool Data Centers.

Robert Kleinschmidt, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Panduit, in his presentation on Important Infrastructure Design Considerations explained that there was broad support for Gigabit Ethernet connectivity in IT-enabled organizations. However, the concept is constantly evolving. He said that many organizations are looking towards the benefits of 10 Gigabit Ethernet to support new application requirements. He explained that network planners should carefully consider how new cabling technologies can be deployed to support convergence and high bandwidth applications like compute clusters, grid computing, and storage area network.

Sharad Sanghi, CEO & Founder, NetMagic Solutions said that India has witnessed an increase in the quantum of managed services being outsourced by US-based service providers to India. He talked about the challenges in managing a Data Center in-house and why businesses should look at outsourcing the task. It reduces costs, improves quality, speeds up time to market and mitigates business risk.

R Vasudevan, Vice President-Enterprise Solutions Emerson Network Power in his presentation Enabling Adaptive and Energy Efficient IT Infrastructure gave interesting insights about some power-efficient technologies in the Data Center on which Emerson has worked in the recent past. According to him an Electronically Committed Fan (ECF) cools with 30% greater power-efficiency and has a long lasting embedded design. The company already has 300 installations in India of which 200 are in Bangalore. Additionally Vasudevan dwelt upon Emerson�s patented Digital Scroll technology. The technology offers cooling equipment manufacturers a way to modulate, or automatically adjust the capacity of a cooling compressor so that it precisely matches the refrigeration load, which ultimately leads to increased energy efficiency. Vasudevan said that 68% of Data Centers across the world were in expansion mode and that there was an urgent need to make them more energy-efficient by implementing relevant technologies.

Benjamin Petschke, Head, Product Management and Sales Support, Stulz GmbH talked about the dynamics of air cooling and the need for better design of air conditioning systems inside Data Centers. His presentation highlighted the mistakes that facility managers make while designing air conditioning systems for Data Centers, especially below the tile air conditioning which gets buried inside along with power, cables and pipes that block air circulation. Power, cables and air conditioning should be raised from the floor level so that there is proper air circulation. He talked about Stulz GmbH�s EC Fan technology that, unlike traditional AC fans, has an electronically commutated permanent magnet DC motor a technology that is insensitive to voltage fluctuations and adjustable speeds. It minimizes operating costs with high efficiencies of up to 92%.

During his presentation on Data Centers design considerations, Mylaraiah J.N, Manager, Regional Sales and Systems Application Marketing, Tyco Electronics explained that since the Data Center was a nerve center of the organization its design should be given due thought. Mylaraiah added that before designing a Data Center a proper estimate should be made of all its needs when it is working at full capacity and growth should be anticipated. Similarly an equipment floor plan should be made and due care should be taken in designing the telecommunication cabling system for the floor. According to him Data Center space is precious and it needs to be used wisely.

Dileep Kumar, Project Manager, Global Data Center Core Team, ADC KRONE emphasized the importance of designing optimized Data Centers. He said, �A properly designed Data Center improves operating efficiency, protects capital investments, ensures reliable operations and helps maintain cost control.� According to him there are four key trends which are impacting the design of all Data Centers�IP convergence (more devices on the LAN requiring Ethernet connections; server densities are increasing and blade servers are being added. Additionally 10 Gigabit speeds and SANs have been introduced. All this necessitates a specialized approach for Data Center cooling. There is a new standard called TIA-568 for wiring Data Centers in commercial buildings that needs to be followed for four functional areas inside a Data Center�the entrance and the primary, horizontal and equipment distribution areas.

Michael Nicolai, International Director and Product Manager, IT cooling, Rittal, pointed out the growing popularity of liquid cooling in the Data Center, which was being adopted increasingly by customers worldwide. He mentioned that temperature was the major culprit, which was harming Data Center equipment as it needed to be dealt with effectively. Nicolai said that Rittal had more than 1,500 customers in the liquid cooling space including automotive majors such as Ford, Mercedes Benz and TRUMPF. In addition to these there were large customers from other verticals namely Philips, AOL, AMD and SAP who were using liquid cooling.

Additionally the event hosted an exhibition where HP was showcasing its Adaptive Infrastructure, NetMagic its managed services solutions, Emerson Power Systems solutions around green Data Centers, Cummins power generators for the Data Center and Stulz precision air conditioning equipment. Panduit showcased its integrated network solutions while Schneider had solutions for capacity and change management along with close coupled cooling solutions. Piller displayed its batteryless UPS, Hitec had put up its high power solutions that give 100% uptime, Tyco Electronics displayed a smart cabling solution for Data Centers, the IBM stall had energy-efficient Data Centers as its theme while Rittal had RiMatrix 5 on display. ADC KRONE showcased a solution centered on Data Center infrastructure design, SOCOMEC had its range of UPS on display marketed by Numeric Power Systems in India and Current Brothers had transformers on display while Server Technology had high-density cabinets having a power distribution unit.