Data Centre Dynamics Zettastructure has returned to the Old Billingsgate in London this year to explore how digital transformation is unfolding at the edge and how this will shape the regional digital infrastructure landscape.
“With more connected users and more applications, including IoT apps, the demand for data continues to grow more critical. Network bandwidth and latency issues are driving the need for solutions at the local edge – outside the core data centre and closer to the processing,” said Mike Hughes, at Schneider Electric.
However, many existing edge facilities lack either the physical security or resilience to safely ensure always-on performance. To tackle these challenges, companies such as Schneider Electric are developing prefabricated and pre-engineered micro data centre technology.
Among the innovations announced at the event included the HyperPod, from Schneider Electric – a rack ready system, designed to deploy IT in increments of 8 to 12 racks, which addresses the demand for greater compute capacity and flexible data centre architectures. Part of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure for Data Centre architecture, HyperPod features integrated power, cooling, cabling, software management and containment – enabling racks of IT equipment to roll into place, similar to a docking station, without the complexity and time associated with traditional IT deployments.
“Our customers wanted a streamlined and more cost-efficient way to deploy IT, one that keeps up with the pace of business, and we listened,” said Steven Carlini, Senior Director, Innovation, Schneider Electric. “With deployment times up to 21 percent faster, HyperPod delivers 15 to 20 percent savings in time and costs over traditional approaches,” he continued.
In support of HyperPod, Schneider Electric is offering a free online rule-based designer that makes it easy for clients and partners to quickly build and customise their pod with a variety of options, reducing overall costs, decreasing time to market and enabling partners to increase their value to customers. Options include: containment only, mini and large cantilevers, cable trays, distribution cabinets, multiple roof options, windows, blanking panels, doors, lighting kits and power raceways. HyperPod can be deployed as a single pod or in extended pod configurations. Additionally, on-site assembly training and services are also available.