Sunday, 19th September 2021

Micro data centres meet edge computing demands

New solutions address the growth of connected devices and data applications where latency and processing speed are concerns.

Schneider Electric has introduced its micro data centre solution portfolio for the UK and Ireland. The range enables data processing to be brought nearer to the point of M2M data production in IOT and other highly automated applications.

Delivered in a single enclosure, the benefits of the new micro data centre solutions include power, cooling and management software to support a self contained, secure computing environment.The factory-built solutions are ideal for customers who need to reduce latency and quickly add capacity while ensuring a secure and easy to manage environment. The solutions offer the option to be supplied as chassis prepared for population, or as ready-to-deploy appliances including IT equipment via systems integration partners.

"Through the micro data centre offer, Schneider Electric is addressing the latency, bandwidth and processing speed challenges customers are facing with the growth of connected devices and data applications," said Kevin Brown, Vice President, Global Data Center Strategy and Technology Schneider Electric. "We are already seeing the emergence of edge applications in retail and industrial applications, and we believe the need for edge computing will only grow as the Internet of Things expands into commercial applications."

Schneider Electric's micro data centre physical infrastructure solutions include the enclosure, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), power distribution, management software (DCIM), environmental monitoring, cooling and security – all tested, assembled, packaged and then shipped together in a factory environment.

Schneider Electric’s micro data centre solutions portfolio includes:

·SmartBunker SX: traditional for IT rooms

·SmartBunker CX: optimized for office environments

·SmartBunker FX: ruggedized for any environment

·SmartShelter : multi-rack, ruggedised for any environment

Key solutions benefits include the following:

·Simplified management

·High levels of security

·Optimised installation and operating cost

·Configured, delivered and installed in the shortest possible time

·Reliability via standardisation and factory testing

Industry analysts agree that a unified approach to micro data centres will allow for more seamless adoption at an organizational scale. "Localised or micro data centres are a fact of life, but by applying a self-contained, scalable and remotely managed solution and process, CIOs can reduce costs, improve agility, and introduce new levels of compliance and service continuity," said David Cappuccio, vice president, distinguished analyst and chief of research for the Infrastructure teams at Gartner.

"Creating micro data centres is something companies have done for years, but often in an ad hoc manner. By partnering with vendors, and creating a consistent and standardised architecture, enterprises can regain control of these critical assets, and increase the ability to rapidly introduce site-specific services, while reducing risks and operational costs, and improving service levels." Gartner, "Apply a Self-Contained Solution to Micro Data Centers", David Cappuccio, 26 January 2015 Document #G00268769
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