Schneider Electric Addresses Burgeoning IOT Growth with Micro Data Centre Solutions for Edge Computing

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

Kevin Brown, Vice President, Global Data Center Strategy and Technology Schneider Electric

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.

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced the introduction of 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: optimised for office environments    
  • SmartBunker FX: ruggedised 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

Schneider Electric micro data centre solutions are now available throughout UK and Ireland. Each solution has specific options available and can be customised upon request.

Please visit: http://www.schneider-electric.us/en/solutions/system/s4/data-center-and-network-systems-micro-data-center/ for more information.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of €25 billion in FY2014, our 170,000 employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies will reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.

http://www.schneider-electric.com

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