Legrand’s Intelligent Cabinet concept for remote sites will be shown at next week’s DatacenterDynamics Conference in New York City at the Legrand booth (#19). The working model of the Legrand Intelligent Cabinet concept is designed to monitor and manage, from anywhere, all the IT and integrated infrastructure elements secured in the cabinet.
Raritan (a brand of Legrand) and Legrand’s Data Communications Division – which have been working together on developing the Intelligent Cabinet concept – built prototypes to show customers and to learn more about their requirements for distributed IT infrastructures.
“We built the Intelligent Cabinet as a ‘concept car’ so that customers can see a working model and provide us feedback,” said Henry Hsu, vice president of Product Management and Marketing at Raritan. “Our goal is to create Intelligent Cabinets that will make it easier, more responsive and cost-effective to support remote sites; and, enable new emerging compute models at the edge to support business transformation. We want to create the most useful configurations that cut deployment and operations costs.”
The renewed interest in remote IT sites – and in containerized cabinets and micro data centers – would be driven by the Internet of Things (IoT) and other trends requiring real-time sensor data gathering and analytics crunching to take place at the network edge and in remote offices and branch offices.
The live demo of the Intelligent Cabinet will be shown March 14-15 in Legrand’s Booth 19 at the DatacenterDynamics Conference in New York City.
IoT and The Legrand Eliot Program
The demo of the Intelligent Cabinet concept comes on the heels of Legrand’s recent launch of its Eliot (Electricity + IoT) program in North America. Eliot is a global Legrand IoT program that brings together Legrand’s worldwide expertise to advance connectivity and intelligence in the built environment, mobilize Legrand’s capabilities around the world, speed development of Legrand connected devices and amplify communications wherever the Internet of Things can enhance value for all users.
Typical remote site scenarios and how the Intelligent Cabinet can address them will be shown in Legrand‘s booth at DCD. If there is a hot spot near the cabinet, for example, the cabinet’s environmental sensors will send alerts to the brains of the cabinet, which will email alerts to the IT staff and will trigger the LED lights outside the cabinet to turn red. And if there is a security breach, for example, the cabinet will activate cameras to capture images of the unauthorized intruder and send them to the centralized IT staff.
The unique architecture of the Intelligent Cabinet concept is designed “to eliminate redundancy – and related costs – so that the cabinet with intelligence and more capabilities is expected to cost no more than the cabinet components purchased separately.” Deployment and installation time is anticipated to be in weeks instead of months because all the cabinet components are pre-integrated and -tested.