Schneider Electric partners with HPE to address distributed IT demands

The collaboration will help customers meet new data growth requirements through support of edge computing

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Schneider Electric partners with HPE to address distributed IT demands The software-defined HPE Micro Datacenter utilises cloud-enabled HPE ConvergedSystems and HyperConverged, as well as IoT HPE Edgeline Solution
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  January 18, 2017

Schneider Electric has joined forces with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) on a micro data centre solution to address new demands of distributed IT.

The jointly 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.

Schneider Electric is leveraging 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 Datacenter, a custom-designed and integrated architecture that supports edge environments.

It is designed utilising Schneider Electric engineering and HPE consulting expertise 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. 

Through engineered collaboration, Schneider Electric and HPE have developed a set of hardware and software-defined configurations that 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.

"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, CTO, 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."

The software-defined HPE Micro Datacenter 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 center level availability and reliability to locations lacking dedicated IT space or that require additional levels of physical protection or security.

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