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Schneider launches micro data centres for IoT and edge computing

William Payne
March 16, 2017

Energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric has launched a range of connected products to make it easier and more cost effective to build micro data centres at the network edge for applications such as IoT, edge analytics and intelligent automation. The Micro Data Center (DC) Xpress line of connected products is designed to allow IT equipment to be pre-installed by the customer, partner or integrator before shipment. It features complete data centre physical infrastructure and management software in a single self-contained and secure enclosure. 

Designed for edge and IoT applications where deployment speed, reliability and security is paramount, the Micro DC Xpress is certified by leading converged and hyperconverged IT vendors. This permits the customer, partner or integrator to fully populate and test their solution in-house prior to shipping to their regional or local edge sites, thus reducing deployment time and risks.

Micro DC Xpress, available in 24U, 42U and customisable configurations, is prefabricated and tested in Schneider Electric factories to ensure reliability. 

The full plug-and-play system can be delivered in 2-3 weeks. Schneider says its micro data centres are far simpler and cheaper to install than conventional deployments.

Utilising Schneider Electric's Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software suite, StruxureWare for Data Centers, and built on the EcoStruxure integrated architecture platform, Micro DC Xpress can be integrated into a customer's larger IT-asset monitoring system or a managed service provider's RMM and remotely managed via the cloud for maximum uptime and connectivity. 

The solution also includes physical protection capabilities, including key-card functionality to prevent unauthorised access and ensure the safety and security of the environment. 

"In our digitally-connected world, businesses and consumers have a low threshold for interruptions to service. Edge computing solves real-time data transmission issues by bringing bandwidth-intensive content and latency-sensitive applications close to the users or data sources to ensure reliable connectivity," said Chris Hanley, senior vice president, Data Center Systems, Schneider Electric. "As the market evolves, especially around IoT, we are committed to delivering simplified, cost-effective solutions that enable edge technologies."

The Micro DC Xpress will be available to order in North America, UK and France in April 2017 and in all of Europe later in 2017.