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APC by Schneider Electric software gives Telstra data about how its racks are performing
Telstra uses an energy management suite of software from APC by Schneider Electric for monitoring and managing the power and cooling of the servers. The StruxureWare Central software (pictured) is used to monitor the watt drawdown and the operating temperature of servers, along with other operating factors.
Telstra customers can key into the software via a web-based portal to look at the status — temperature, power consumption, and such — of their racks.
By implementing Schneider APC's monitoring system, Telstra believes it's able to boost the efficiency with which it consumes power while being able to offer customers service-level agreements on power consumption and uptime backed by a mutually accessible source of data.
Monitoring "encourages good behaviour on both sides", Sell said. "If [customers] say 'last night my temp went over 24°C, we can't deny it."
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The company even plans to discharge heat into the Docklands waterways
For the future, Telstra plans a major project to get rid of heat by using the water in its London Docklands surroundings to chill the water it uses.
"We've applied to British Waterways to dispose of 3MW of heat into the dock, which British Waterways has approved," Sell said. "We're just waiting on the Environment Agency." He explained the system will be a "massive heat exchanger" that makes use of the relatively cool waters of the wharf for chilling.
"That should give us almost year-round practically free cooling," he said.
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