Schneider Electric Unveils New Research and Innovations to Prepare IT Infrastructure for Net Zero

Schneider Electric-commissioned research exposes sustainability action gap in the data center and IT industries.

Newly launched innovations support the next wave of sustainability and resiliency in data centers and distributed edge IT, including:

  • Strategic partnership with technology service provider Kyndryl
  • New mySchneider IT Partner Program
  • The most sustainable UPS of its kind, Smart-UPS Modular Ultra; and
  • Expansion of EcoStruxure IT DCIM software

Schneider Electric™, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, today released three independent research studies to better understand the maturity of sustainability initiatives within IT and data center organizations, and more specifically, where the IT and data center industry stand in achieving this vision of net-zero IT operations. The results of the studies, conducted by leading industry analysts, were previewed at a broadcast titled “The Future is Now: Preparing IT Infrastructure for Net Zero Operations,” and revealed a sustainability action gap.

“Data centers play a critical role in driving Electricity 4.0 which we believe is the key to changing the trajectory of climate change. As an industry, we have a responsibility to drive forward our environmental commitments with extreme urgency.”

Pankaj Sharma, EVP Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric

451 Research, Forrester and Canalys independently collected data from more than 3,000 global participants, include the largest colocation and cloud providers, IT solution providers and IT professionals across many segments and organization sizes. Overall, findings consistently demonstrate that across the data center and IT industry, there is discrepancy between where companies think they are and implementing full lifecycle sustainability programs across their IT infrastructure.

According to the 451 Research findings, in surveying 1,100 IT professionals responsible for core and distributed IT, whereas 26% of participants self-identified as having a full lifecycle sustainability program covering all the infrastructure, only 14% are taking the actions to have implemented the programs. The analysis further identifies 22% as not addressing sustainability as a major focus, though may have efficiency initiatives to  improve specific areas of operations. 

“The research is clear – the industry knows sustainability needs to be prioritized but  challenges still exist to taking action and will take a collaborative effort to overcome. The good news is  the technology to take action in sustainability exists today. Now is the time to act, says Pankaj Sharma, Executive Vice President, Secure Power Division at  Schneider Electric.

In addition to releasing these research studies, Schneider Electric made several new announcements live from its global headquarters in Paris, all of which are designed to help data center and IT professionals  make progress towards their sustainability goals.

Partnerships To Scale Collaboration And Accelerate Success And Sustainability 

To tackle the climate crisis and drive measurable progress on sustainability goals, no one company can  do it alone. Schneider Electric works with a network of partners to co-innovate, co-create and co-sell to  deliver more efficient, more sustainable products and solutions at scale. To further this progress,  Schneider Electric announced today its new alliance partnership with IT service provider Kyndryl. This  partnership solidifies the ways we are working together to make the solutions we bring to market in a  much smoother and efficient fashion, while expanding the portfolios of our channel partners. The global  strategic alliance will deliver increased sustainability through various programs including recycling,  electrical microgrids, lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems. 

Updated IT Partner Program To Help Partners To Grow Their Businesses  

Building on the company’s award-winning channel history, Schneider Electric’s updated IT Partner  Program helps partners to grow and differentiate their business for the long-term. The new evolution of its  partner program supports IT channel partners with a simplified program structure and diverse  specializations for key sectors including data centers, IT solutions, software, and services with a new  range of sales tools, training and enablement resources. Further, it includes new benefits aligned with  each of its specialization paths and offers a clear sustainability strategy for partners via Schneider Electric  Green Premium™ solutions, which offer sustainable performance and circularity by design. Partners can  become strategic advisors and experts in their market across multiple IT competencies by enabling the  development of diverse business models, simplifying and increasing transparency for requirements and benefits and strengthening channel-centric practice. 

Schneider Electric Releases Smart-UPS Modular Ultra, The Most Sustainable Modular Single-phase UPS Of Its Kind 

Launched today, APC Smart-UPS Modular Ultra is the first modular UPS with lithium-ion technology in the industry. Its highly modular, scalable and redundant design combined with up to 2.5x power density  allows for enhanced power protection in an unmatched size, new levels of resiliency, lower total cost of  ownership, and longer life – enabling customers to scale or adjust as the business grows or the needs  

change. The circularity in the UPS design combined with lithium-ion technology position it as the smallest,  lightest, most powerful, modular UPS of its kind. This innovative, sustainable and scalable UPS will be  Green Premium Certified. 

EcoStruxure IT addresses the monitoring and management of hybrid IT infrastructure 

Additionally, the company announced the expansion of its award-winning EcoStruxure IT DCIM  software. This update evolves data center infrastructure management software from individual data  centers to cover full, hybrid IT environment and addresses industry requirements for more resilient,  secure, and sustainable IT infrastructure. EcoStruxure IT features a custom solutions team comprised of  skilled engineers who speak 24 languages and perform customer integrations everywhere in the world.  

Industry professionals around the globe can try the software and the security assessment for free for 30  days by creating an EcoStruxure IT account. Visit for individual offer availability or to  create an account.