Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric expands IP and NEMA rated EcoStruxure Micro Data Centre

18 November 2020 | Abigail Opiah

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Schneider Electric has announced the expansion of its IP and NEMA rated EcoStruxure Micro Data Centre R-Series for rugged indoor environments.

The company said the new micro data centres is set to offer a way to deploy and manage edge computing infrastructure in challenging indoor spaces for industrial use.

The six new models are available in 16U, 24U, and 42U sizes starting in December in the United States and Canada, with its European availability set for early next year.

“Advanced automation technologies come with significant cost-saving, safety, and productivity benefits, but to reap the benefits, IT must be located closer to the end point — in spaces that weren’t built with IT in mind,” said Jean-Baptiste Plagne, Vice President Offer Management, Rack & Edge Systems, Energy Management, Schneider Electric.

“To ensure reliability of IT networks on the factory floor, we are introducing the new IP and NEMA rated R-Series EcoStruxure Micro Data Centre.

“These micro data centres provide a solution that’s simple-to-deploy and simple-to-manage for IT and industrial channels and for end users like manufacturers and distributors.”

As industrial operators deploy Industry 4.0 technologies to increase productivity, micro data centres are becoming essential to addressing everything from the convergence of IT and OT to the enabling of IIoT applications.

EcoStruxure Micro Data Centre solutions are enclosed rack systems that include power, cooling, security, and management.

They save up to 40% in field engineering costs, get systems to market 20% faster, and reduce maintenance costs by 7%.

Micro data centres take advantage of existing infrastructure and can potentially reduce capital expenses by 42% over a traditional build, according to the company.

Local edge data centres are IT infrastructure enclosures/spaces/facilities distributed geographically to enable endpoints on the network, and analysts have identified the edge as becoming increasingly important.