The trend is towards the mega, but at the same time the small data center. For example, at CeBIT, who could hear: customers mistrust data storage in the cloud and, in addition to the cloud, rely on small and very small data centers on site, ie “on the edge”. But they should be simple, compact and safe. That calls the infrastructure suppliers on the plan, Schneider Electric about.
Schneider Electric’s recent product ideas include the “Smart Bunker” “Micro Data Centers”; These wrap up racks or half racks. The company also introduced the “Smart Shelter” containers. The containers and “bunkers” specifically address companies that have little or no critical IT infrastructure. In remote locations or lack of space, modular, ready-to-use and pre-tested data centers are a fast and cost-effective alternative to their own IT rooms. They comprise an entire physical data center infrastructure.
Gartner analyst David Cappuccio says, “Localized or even microenterprises are simply business-related and not new inventions, but with such self-sufficient, scalable, remotely-managed devices, CIOs can now save costs while still keeping agility down Increase compliance level and service availability. “
All components are housed in specially developed, fire and weather resistant, 6 by 12 meter ISO containers, making them extremely safe and easy to transport. They are also equipped with IT rack-mount solutions for uninterruptible power, power distribution, cooling and expandable cable management.
The Smart Shelter portfolio consists of five pre-engineered IT modules with various cooling and redundancy options in sizes ranging from 4 to 14 racks. The racks are equipped with flexible cable routes and easy to move. An integrated air intake and exhaust system is designed to provide a high level of energy efficiency.
The containers are configured, fully assembled and tested by Schneider Electric at the factory. The modules are produced to exact specifications in a controlled production environment. In addition, software for data center infrastructure management (DCIM) provides increased reliability and reliability in the data center. The IT modules thus ensure predictable, constant performance and optimized energy consumption. The IT infrastructure is scalable and can be expanded flexibly.
New tasks for IT, new housing
Christia Solte, Systems Engineer and Solution Architect, explains the need for such data centers: “Trends such as Industry 4.0, with increasing connectivity and real-time data processing, are posing major challenges for IT managers in many industries. The infrastructures in areas such as healthcare or automated manufacturing often reach their limits in this context. “Sufficient, critical IT infrastructure is often scarce in such environments. “Prefabricated data centers are a reliable and fast alternative here,” he concludes.
At present, the containers can be seen for a few weeks at the Schneider Electric Demo Center in Seligenstadt.
While the containers are already available in Germany, Schneider Electric’s micromilling centers are still waiting. They first exist in North America but are expected to be available worldwide this year. But here, too, a single cabinet contains the complete infrastructure: from the power connections and the UPS, to cooling and ambient monitoring, all the way to the DCIM tool. And all components are assembled and tested at the factory.
The small data centers should be available in three different versions:
- “Smart Bunker SX” is intended for traditional IT rooms
- Smart Bunker CX is optimized for office environments, such as high noise attenuation
- Smart Bunker FX – designed for harsh environments, so it’s dirty around it
Daven Johnson, Datacenter Solutions’ Senior Vice President, said, “This new offering addresses the latency, bandwidth, and process speed organizations need to deliver connected device and big data applications.” The urgency of such applications is evident Companies already in retail but also in industry. Johnson adds, “We also believe that the need for edge computing will continue to grow as the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more and more commercial.”