Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, on Wednesday officially launched the APC™ Smart-UPS™ Ultra, the industry’s first 3kW 1U single-phase Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) at the Gitex Global 2023.
Designed to deliver more power, flexibility, and intelligent monitoring in the smallest footprint, the APC Smart-UPS Ultra enables IT professionals and solution providers to address many of the challenges with deploying IT infrastructure in distributed edge computing environments and at the edge.
Schneider Electric’s APC Smart-UPS Ultra
“To meet the digital demands, it’s crucial that data centers in MEA be sustainable, efficient, and adaptable. Schneider Electric continues to innovate and address customer needs with the introduction of the APC Smart-UPS Ultra,” commented Mouna Essa-Egh, Vice President Middle East Africa, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric.”
“The APC Smart-UPS Ultra is redefining the single-phase UPS, making it lighter and more powerful with the next generation semiconductor technology. In addition, it uses lithium-ion technology to power distributed IT and edge computing sites to ensure our digital Life is On.”
Edge Computing Market
The edge computing market in the MEA region is undergoing tremendous growth, growing at 18.2% to reach $4.88 billion by 2028, according to Business Market Insights.
The boom in digital technologies and smart applications is driving the need for compute, network, and storage resources that are localized and in close proximity to enable business-critical processes that rely on network connectivity to the cloud. Yet, configuring, deploying, and maintaining the supporting IT infrastructure for multiple, geographically dispersed sites comes with its own unique challenges.
With the APC Smart-UPS Ultra, Schneider Electric is bringing to the MEA market its smallest, most advanced single-phase UPS that provides the flexibility to install anywhere and save on total cost of ownership (TCO) without compromising businesses’ power protection needs.
Given the growth projections for the data center industry in MEA, there is a pressing need for optimized data lifecycle management. With almost 60% of data stored in an organization rarely accessed, it’s crucial for data centers in the region to redefine their roles as not just storage spaces but as the core of organizational growth and innovation.
Smaller and Lighter Design
The Smart-UPS Ultra’s compact design delivers more power while taking up less IT space, providing both installation flexibility and power density. The UPS’s design is up to 50% smaller and lighter than comparable UPS solutions on the market today.
The solution offers flexible mounting options including rack, tower or wall/ceiling mounts, so it can be placed out of the way to allow for more space for IT in the rack.
Being understaffed or lacking onsite staff makes management, maintenance and service activities such as inspecting equipment, replacing batteries, swapping out failed equipment very burdensome, particularly if assets are highly distributed and geographically dispersed.
The APC Smart-UPS Ultra is EcoStruxure™ Ready which allows cloud-based monitoring, delivers data-driven recommendations to optimize performance, and enables wherever-you-go visibility across multiple UPS devices.
Connectivity is available via Ethernet Port or embedded network port, and the EcoStruxure Ready APC Smart-UPS web portal provides automated, customizable alerts regarding the health of the UPS to make preventative maintenance simpler in order to reduce downtime and lower mean time to repair.
Schneider Electric Presence at COP28 in Dubai
Meanwhile, Schneider Electric will participate in the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP28 UAE), taking place from 30 November to 12 December in Dubai.
In the lead-up to COP28, Schneider Electric will partner strategically with entities from government, private and academic sectors. The company will also host a series of global discussions at its designated booth at the Green Zone at COP28 on crucial topics that align with the conference themes, priorities, and objectives. A special emphasis will be placed on the role of technology and digitization in driving energy efficiency and decarbonization.
At COP28, Schneider Electric will unite its regional and global leadership, including Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and Peter Herweck, CEO, on an international stage to address key climate and sustainability challenges facing the world today.
“As a global leader in energy management and industrial automation, Schneider Electric will host some of the industry’s most recognized decision-makers, business leaders, and international experts at its booth. Schneider Electric is committed to making COP28 a catalyst for action. Aligned with our ambition of climate action, our goal is to drive meaningful engagement and participation in the pursuit of climate-positive solutions,” said Ahmed Khashan, President for Gulf Countries at Schneider Electric.
“Schneider Electric is the partner of choice for digitization and decarbonization for some of the world’s most recognized organizations and businesses. We are also a founding member of the First Movers Coalition, announced at COP26. We look forward to unlock the potential of COP28 to generate a positive and long-term impact on the planet and society. We are eager to share our expertise, knowledge, and stories with COP28 attendees and inspire tangible action that supports the world’s journey towards a sustainable future,” added Khashan.
Schneider Electric Sustainability Circles
Schneider Electric will also host the “Schneider Electric Sustainability Circles” – an exclusive high-level stakeholder engagement program specifically designed to address the key themes of COP28.
Schneider Electric Sustainability Circles will host global and regional industry players to address climate action-related topics and propose practical and actionable solutions to champion technology and innovation, future industries, youth empowerment and advancements in energy. The Circles will bring together experts and thought leaders from government representatives, climate action advocates and C-suite leaders from the UAE, the region and the world.
COP28 will be a milestone moment and will host first-ever Global Stocktake of the Paris Agreement.
Described as a “COP of solidarity,” COP28 will facilitate partnerships and convene communities as well as the public and private sectors to drive climate action. As a Climate Supporter at COP28, Schneider Electric will pioneer sustainability initiatives and sign strategic partnerships towards a net-zero future.