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HPE and Schneider partner on micro data centre

Standardised architecture enables quick and easy deployment virtually anywhere

Schneider and HPE want to tackle the “new demands” of edge computing
Schneider and HPE want to tackle the “new demands” of edge computing

The growing quantity of data is due in part to the growth in IoT and connected devices

Data is becoming increasingly impactful to data centre performance and business success

Edge computing has emerged as a compelling solution to meet IoT processing needs

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has teamed up with Schneider Electric to introduce a micro data centre intended to tackle the “new demands” of distributed IT and edge computing.


The collaboratively engineered converged infrastructure solution provides end-to-end IT infrastructure, networking, storage and management in a single, self-contained and easy-to-deploy architecture ideal for distributed IT environments.


“The growing quantity of data -- due in part to the growth of IoT and connected devices -- is having a transformational effect on the data centre market and the technologies needed to support it,” said Kevin Brown, chief technology officer, Schneider Electric, IT division.


“As data is becoming increasingly impactful to data centre performance and business success, edge computing has emerged as a compelling solution to reduce latency, meet IoT processing needs and deliver greater availability and reliability. Micro data centres provide a turnkey solution for edge deployments, complete with all the necessary IT and compute components to meet new data growth requirements and deliver connectivity demand.”


Schneider Electric will leverage its SmartBunker FX, an integrated and secure enclosure with UPS, power distribution, cooling and monitoring, with HPE storage, network and compute solutions to create HPE Micro Datacentre, a custom-designed and integrated architecture that supports edge environments.


Designed utilising Schneider Electric engineering and HPE consulting expertise, it creates an operationally-optimised solution. As a result, customers can reduce latency and quickly add capacity while providing a secure and easy to manage remote data centre environment, the partners claim.


The software-defined HPE Micro Datacentre utilises cloud-enabled HPE ConvergedSystems and HyperConverged, as well as IoT HPE Edgeline Solutions. Ranging in size between 23U and 42U, the enhanced solution, built within the Schneider Electric SmartBunker FX, incorporates IT with 1N and 2N power and cooling, environmental and security monitoring in a single-delivery platform.


Complete with full remote management capabilities for the IT and physical infrastructure components, SmartBunker FX brings data centre level availability and reliability to locations lacking dedicated IT space or that require additional levels of physical protection or security.


The companies said their hardware and software-defined configurations deliver an optimised solution that provides greater scalability and flexibility to meet the new demands of the cloud-enabled, hybrid IT environment of the future.


“Successful IT and facilities partnerships are at the core of enabling edge computing,” added Rick Einhorn, vice president, data centre consulting, HPE. “The ongoing collaborations with Schneider Electric to provide true software-defined data centres where the work is done provides the solution enterprise is looking for.”


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