Schneider Electric, StorMagic and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have launched ‘Edge in a Box’, a micro data center that can be wall-mounted to provide pre-integrated IT systems designed for edge computing environments.
In a time when data centers are growing in importance, yet empty land can be sparse in many countries, the solution is designed to meet compute requirements of sites that are small or have limited space. This includes supermarket chains, high-street pharmacies and service stations, universities, hospitals, research labs and more.
“Customers with edge sites are experiencing a number of unique challenges, including budget constraints, lack of space and limited, or non-existent IT support,” said David Terry, Vice President of IT Channels at Schneider Electric in Europe.
The solution features Schneider Electric’s 6U Wall Mount EcoStruxure Micro Data Center, StorMagic SvSAN software and HPE ProLiant Servers.
“The 6U EcoStruxure Micro Data Center is the smallest, secure and lightweight data center solution in the market, helping organisations to quickly modernise their IT infrastructure, while reducing the costs associated with deployment, servicing and maintenance,” he added.
The micro data center solution is said to deliver resilient power, ultra low-latency connectivity, as well as secure, on-premise servers and data storage at the edge.
Bruce Kornfeld, Chief Marketing and Product Officer of StorMagic said: “By combining StorMagic SvSAN with APC by Schneider Electric infrastructure and HPE servers, customers can work with their integration partner of choice to customise, build and deploy ‘Edge in a Box’ solutions that meet their budget and space requirements.”
The joint system can also include Schneider Electric’s award-winning next generation DCIM platform EcoStruxure IT, which provides real-time data analytics and predictive servicing capabilities to enable remote monitoring for customers to work with Managed Service Providers, IT Solution Providers and Value Added Resellers to increase uptime and reduce the cost of on-site maintenance.
“Customers can work with their integration partner of choice to customise, build and deploy ‘Edge in a Box’ solutions that meet their budget and space requirements,” said Mr. Kornfeld.
The collaboration between Schneider Electric, StorMagic and HPE aims to make it easier for customers to deploy and manage edge computing solutions to enable them to focus on ‘unlocking new value and creating new experiences from edge-driven data’.
“IT teams need simplicity, uptime, and low-cost solutions to deliver business needs, and to ensure that business-critical applications are always running,” said Mr. Kornfield.
Comprising StorMagic SvSAN software, two HPE ProLiant servers, a choice of VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Linux KVM hypervisor, alongside APC Smart-UPS with Lithium-ion models, APC power distribution unit and HPE Aruba networking, the system is ‘optimised to run edge applications and offers industry-leading uptime’.
“By integrating HPE ProLiant servers with advanced technologies from Schneider Electric, we are able to power the edge in the box solution,” said David Stone, Vice President, Worldwide Ecosystem Sales Leader at HPE.
The ‘Edge in a Box’ solution is available globally and immediately. In November 2019, StorMagic announced the system would cost less than US$12,000.
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