Secure edge data centre to drive digitisation of industrial plants


ABB, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Rittal are launching the Secure Edge Data Centre (SEDC) for industrial and telecommunications environments to allow customers to run enterprise-grade IT in close proximity to their operational technology (OT) environments. This will enable low-latency, secure and reliable digital processes.

Gartner says that “currently, around 10% of enterprise-generated data is created and processed outside a traditional centralised data centre or cloud. By 2022, Gartner predicts this figure will reach 50%.”[1] Also, the market for so-called micro-modular data centres is growing rapidly. According to 451 Research, the market has seen an annual growth rate faster than 50% on average over the last 3 years and it will continue to expand with initiatives like 5G and the ongoing OT-IT convergence.[2]

Responding to this demand, the SEDC provides a turnkey and resilient data centre environment optimised to operate in harsh environments. It enables customers to run data acquisition, analytics and control processes near industrial equipment to avoid the latency, security and reliability issues associated with data communication through remote IT systems.

The SEDC aims to simplify the deployment of enterprise-grade IT solutions in industrial environments regardless of their location.

The solution is delivered as a factory-integrated and tested turnkey solution, fully equipped with pre-configured HPE software-defined infrastructure. It features an IP55-rated[3] enclosure, with integrated cooling and fire suppression from Rittal and redundant power supply from ABB with backup power. The SEDC is easily expandable in steps of 5, 10 and 20 kW to support increasing IT workloads. To help avoid downtime, the SEDC and its infrastructure can be remotely monitored and managed across all customer locations to ensure high availability without requiring specialised staff on site.

The Secure Edge Data Centre will be available in Europe from September 2018.



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