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Schneider Electric launches SMB infrastructure configuration

The energy management and infrastructure company has created a series of reference architectures focused on data centers up to two megawatts.

Looking downmarket into smaller data centers, Schneider Electric has created configurations of its physical infrastructure solutions focused on small and midsize businesses.

The new solution, InfraStruxure for Small IT, combines the company's existing components including UPS systems, server racks, cable management options, physical security, cooling technologies, power distribution units and management software. So this isn't so much of a new product introduction as it is a recognition that smaller IT environments -- data centers up to two megawatts in size -- can benefit from a converged infrastructure approach.

There are two potential customer sets for the new configurations: small companies and larger companies that have moved portions of their data center infrastructure into public or private cloud services, said Dave Johnson, senior vice president of home & business networks, Schneider Electric.

"Nobody is moving all the way to the cloud, and nobody is not moving at all," Johnson said.

Schneider Electric is releasing a series of reference architectures that VARs and systems integrators can use to help SMBs adopt the approach, Johnson said.

While pricing depends on the types of components used, the starting point for these new solutions is around $1,500 up to $20,000 to $30,000 on the high end, Johnson said.

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