What is Edge Computing?

Edge computing is an IT architecture designed to put applications and data closer to the users or “things” that need them. Whereas cloud computing drove the creation of few mega data centres, edge computing brings distributed IT with an exponential number of micro data centres.
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Edge Computing Enables Digital Transformation

Why Edge Computing?

In their digital transformation, many companies are using cloud-based IT resources, from compute power to storage and applications, in order to improve the customer experience, streamline operations, and create new business opportunities.

To meet user expectations they need to complement these cloud-based resources — that’s where edge computing comes in. Edge data centres help achieve higher bandwidth, lower latency, regulatory compliance around location and data privacy.

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Where is edge computing used? Here are just a few applications...

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Resiliency at the Edge

Edge computing deployments require the same level of reliability and performance as large data centres.
  • What do we mean by Resiliency at the Edge?

    Kevin Brown, SVP Innovation and CTO for Schneider Electric’s IT Division, shares his insights on why server rooms and edge closets dominate system availability and why these mission critical micro data centres, if not designed and managed correctly, could be your weakest link.

Three Enablers to Edge Resiliency

  • Remote Management

    Edge data centres are often dispersed “lights out” facilities, with little to no IT staff. Traditional remote management solutions can be costly are not easily scalable. Innovative cloud-based platforms provide:

    • Simplified remote monitoring and management
    • Real-time visibility of status anytime, anywhere, on any device
    • Predictive analytics to ensure proactive service visits only when they are required

  • Physical Security

    To prevent unauthorised access to IT equipment in edge data centres, proper physical security is critical. It requires three components:

    • Physical space monitoring with temperature and humidity sensors
    • Access control
    • Audio and video supervision with recording

  • Rapid Deployments

    As companies plan a large number of edge data centre deployments, it’s important to ensure that they are standardised, repeatable, and rapid. This requires:

    • Pre-configured, integrated equipment, combining server, storage, networking and software delivered in a single enclosure
    • Reference designs that specify the supporting racks, UPSs, PDUs and cooling systems

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Micro Data Centre Solutions

Providing CERTAINTY that business-critical applications require

What is a Micro Data Centre?

A micro data centre is a secure, self-contained enclosure with the capability for all essential IT components, often employing converged or hyperconverged infrastructure, along with management and monitoring software devices. It also contains all required supporting racks, UPSs, power, and cooling.

We have a complete offer of highly secure, cost-effective, and simple-to-deploy micro data centres for any edge environment. Our cloud-based monitoring platform enables a rapidly scalable and intelligent way to manage distributed assets.

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Why choose APC by Schneider Electric?

  • Enhanced Security at the Edge

    Our Micro Data Centres provide a physically and digitally secure solution for IT at the Edge from basic to advanced.

    We deliver this with:

    • Device level cybersecurity for all APC connected products
    • Ultra-secure enclosure options
    • Remote security monitoring and control including HID keycard access, audit trail record keeping, intrusion detection, and environmental sensing


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