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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.
Data Center Design
Critical Environmental Design Considerations for UPS Battery Rooms
The Heart of any UPS system supporting a mission critical facility is the battery plant. When Commercial power is interrupted in mission critical facilities, businesses are placed at significant risk to lose revenues, clients, and / or corporate image. The emergency power systems, which the UPS battery plant is a significant piece of must perform up to expectations and support the facility through any and all power outages. Properly designed and constructed battery rooms in mission critical facilities will provide a safe, efficient, environmentally friendly place to house and care for critical UPS battery systems, enabling them to provide optimum performance when needed. This chapter will highlight those environmental design features that must be taken into consideration when designing and constructing and fitting out a UPS battery room that will result in more than just a physical room to house the string of batteries.

Battery Room Design Criteria/ Battery Room Positioning and Layout
The positioning of the battery room must be in close proximity to the UPS modules being supported. For voltage drop considerations, the UPS modules and battery systems should be in adjacent spaces. Battery room Layouts should be clean and designed to maximize the space usage .Proper code clearances should be maintained in and around battery strings for required maintenance support and life safety systems. Egress aisles, exit ways and maintenance aisles also must be maintained .IEC,NFPA, and local codes must be taken into consideration and complied with when appropriate.

Building Structural Issues
Due to the weight of lead acid batteries, column and floor loading can quickly become a problem. 2volts VRLA batteries racked 3 or 4 tiers in a limited floor area can easily impress a 200-300 Kg/sqft floor loading on the structural floor which transfers to the columns and footers. Although this issue arises in new construction and existing renovation and reuse projects, the greater challenge occurs in the renovation projects. While extensive, expensive reinforcing of structurally elements is usually required to accommodate heavy battery loading in renovation projects, building floor slabs, columns, and footers in new construction can be much more easily designed and constructed.

Battery Rack/ Cabinet Issues
Battery racks and cabinets should be designed and installed to meet the requirements for the seismic zone they are installed in. The racks and the cabinets should be designed and purchased to accommodate the weight and size of the batteries ordered and the quantities of the batteries installed.

Fire Compartmentalization Issues
In a properly designed facility, battery rooms will be isolated from other equipment areas (UPS modules, electrical switchgear etc) and people spaces by a two hour fire rated wall. Additionally, where space constraints permits and there are multiple, multi module UPS systems serving the facility�s computer loads, individual UPS battery support systems should be located in separate ,fire compartmentalized rooms. This design strategy would also apply to the large multi module UPS systems themselves. The principle is one of the containment and the isolation of a catastrophic failure on one system from affecting other systems and occupancies in the facility. A failure on one battery system supporting UPS �A � will also not disrupt power to UPS B. This is particularly important in Tier 4 facilities where completely separate and independent dual power path systems are to be maintained.

Fire Detection/ Suppressions Systems
Individual battery rooms should be treated as separate zones for fire detection and suppression purpose .Each room should have VESDA system installed and connected to the central fire detection system. Additionally the fire suppression system should be installed to suppress any battery fire within the room should one occur. This system should also be connected to the central fire detection system.

Grounding Issues
All battery racks and cabinets associated with UPS systems should have grounding wires linking all the racks for safety reasons .Periodic inspections should be made of the grounding system to assure that the continuity is maintained.

Battery Remote Monitoring Systems
Depending on the Tier level this system to be considered .The battery system should be equipped with an individual cell monitoring system to alert the facility team on the condition of the batteries serving mission critical applications. Without an adequate cell monitoring system individual battery cell problems cannot be easily traced. This systems generally provide continuous battery performance data for short and long duration outages. These systems can be remotely monitored by the facility team so that they will have ample time to investigate.

Temperature Control Considerations
For optimal battery performance, battery room air-conditioning systems should be designed to maintain a uniform average ambient temperature of 25deg Centigrade. Battery room temperatures below 25deg Cent will increase life but degrade on the performance during periods of heavy discharge. However battery room temperatures above 25 deg will increase the performance but reduce the life of the battery. In situations where the battery rooms borders outside walls and unconditioned spaces ,with no air-conditioning facility then the wall and ceiling surfaces should be insulated, sufficient openings for the fresh air inlet and exhaust ventilation system to be provided to tap natural cold air (in permissible conditions) to help to achieve the uniform ambient temperature.

Hydrogen Gas Detection and Ventilation System
Battery rooms should be designed with adequate ventilation- exhaust systems which provides for continuous ventilation of the battery room to prohibit the build up of potentially explosive hydrogen gas. During normal operation gas discharge by the batteries are relatively small. However the concern is elevated during the times of recharge of the batteries immediately after a deep discharge from the batteries. Two fans are usually involved (1W + 1S) and connected to the hydrogen detection system which senses the gas build up to the preset level within the battery room and activates the fan to switch on and clear the accumulated gas within the battery room. These systems should be installed with remote alarming capability to report hydrogen gas build up and abnormal operating conditions.

Spill Containment and Eye Wash Station
Only if the Battery banks considered are flooded cell type than these provisions should be considered in case of DRY type which has gained popularity in recent days the same is not required.

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