EcoStruxure Micro Data Centre from Schneider Electric

Micro data centres help IT professionals install and manage edge networking and computing simply, reliably, and predictably by combining power, cooling, physical security, and management software and services into prepackaged rack solutions that can be deployed globally in any environment.

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With APC you have a solution for any edge environment with a completed portfolio of integrated systems: traditional IT spaces, harsh or industrial areas, and office or commercial spaces - bridging the gap of traditionally separate worlds of OT and IT with Micro Data Centre solutions that meet challenges at the edge and deliver a unified IoT architecture.

What is Edge Computing?

Edge computing is designed to put applications and data closer to devices — and their users. While cloud computing drove the creation of mega data centres, edge computing brings distributed IT with an exponential number of micro data centres.

Edge Computing vs Fog Computing

These industry terms have such similar intent that they can be used interchangeably, and the industry is leaning towards Edge Computing as the de facto standard. Cisco coined the phrase Fog Computing, but large players in the space such as GE , HPE, and APC by Schneider Electric have adopted the term Edge Computing.

Edge Computing vs Cloud Computing

Edge computing complements cloud computing in a hybrid IT environment. While cloud computing leverages centralized data centres, edge computing leverages distributed micro data centres at the edge of the network where data is used closer to where it is generated.

Why is Edge Computing Necessary?

Edge computing is necessary to address shortcomings in cloud-based applications and services with respect to performance and regulatory requirements. In short, cloud computing can’t always meet the required demands in terms of response time that critical applications require. Companies that face government regulations regarding where data is stored may also find cloud computing can’t deliver the sort of local storage they need.

It’s an issue because the trend toward digitalization to improve efficiency and business performance is fueling demand for applications that require peak performance, particularly Internet of Things (IoT) applications. IoT applications often require lots of bandwidth, low latency, and reliable performance while meeting regulatory and compliance mandates, making them classic candidates for the edge.

White Paper: “Drivers and Benefits of Edge Computing”

Local Edge Configurator

The APC Local Edge Configurator is a tool to help design edge computing solutions featuring best in class physical infrastructure, management, services and physical security from APC by Schneider Electric is available to you. In this way you can quickly configure your edge computing solutions, configure complete solutions including servers, networking, storage and physical infrastructure and have a visual, rack level layout and Bill of Material for your solution.

Smart-UPS Lithium-ion Short-Depth UPS

To power it up and complete your configuration select APC Smart-UPS Lithium-ion the Smart-UPS™ you trust now offers 2x the battery life, saving you up to 58% on TCO. That’s Certainty in a Connected World.

Lithium-ion batteries deliver higher-quality performance in a long-lasting package: 2x Improved life expectancy (8-10 years) vs VRLA (3-5 years);  >96% efficient in both charge and discharge and Lithium-ion batteries are a more environmentally friendly technology.

White Paper: "Battery Technology for Single Phase UPS Systems: VRLA vs. Li-ion"