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Discover Madrid: The data center comes to the local edge

There’s a big trend in data center technology, driven by exponential growth outside of the enterprise data center. According to Gartner, the Internet of Things will reach 20.8 billion connected devices by 2020. IDC predicts 40% of IoT data will be stored, processed, analyzed, or acted upon at the edge. The central data center or cloud designed for email, payroll, and other office systems may be a poor fit for IoT data generated and consumed at the edge. Yet sensors and the data that power AI, analytics, and other types of applications require highly available infrastructure, wherever it may be needed – which might be a factory, airport, retail chain, windfarm, or vehicle pool.

Tapping edge infrastructure for IoT, AI, and analysis

Local edge infrastructure places compute and storage resources where data is consumed, and provides a low-latency bridge to the central cloud. This enables massive amounts of data to be gathered from local things, whether it’s RFID tags attached to products at a shopping center or a sensored pump at a petrochemicals manufacturer. It makes it easier for telecommunications to deliver high-bandwidth content to users. And it provides significant local compute resources for AI and analysis in all kinds of edge environments, from hospitals to heavy industry. 

Turnkey Modular Data Centers deliver local edge infrastructure

The Modular Data Center (MDC) offerings from HPE and Schneider Electric, including the HPE Edge Center, deliver robust local edge infrastructure in a preconfigured or custom configurations. The prefabricated, secure IT enclosures have everything needed to enable powerful edge experiences:

  • Intelligent, software-defined infrastructure
  • Unified remote management and control
  • Pre-tested and integrated power & cooling systems
  • Rugged construction with integrated security, leak detection, and fire suppression

MDC solutions also deliver edge automation features, including automated emergency shutdown and automated workload protection -- crucial for facilities or environments which may not have dedicated IT staff. The HPE Edge Center includes a software architecture known as software defined facilities (SDF) accelerator, which is built utilizing data center infrastructure management (DCIM), Intel DCM, and Schneider Electric StruxureWare DCO/DCE. HPE OneView provides an integrated automated IT management environment for ease of management. 

Learn about MDC use cases at Discover Madrid

To learn how businesses are using the Modular Data Center (MDC), visit the Schneider Electric booth at Discover Madrid (#XXX) and be sure to attend the following session featuring Schneider Electric’s Guillermo Entrena: 

Securing infrastructure at the Edge for IoT and AI applications

More and more data gathering and processing happens at the Edge, but the environment and infrastructure capabilities can be hostile to IT equipment. HPE has collaborated with Schneider Electric to design and build a series of offerings that allow secure deployment of IT equipment at the Edge. More importantly, software-defined facilities now allow us to integrate the management of both facilities and IT equipment into a single pane of glass, reducing the complexity of management, allowing IT and facilities to interact, enhancing availability.    
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