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Schneider Electric has expanded its IP and NEMA rated EcoStruxure Micro Data Center R-Series for rugged indoor environments. The new micro data centers would offer a “fast and simple” way to deploy and manage edge computing infrastructure in challenging indoor spaces for industrial use.

EcoStruxure Micro Data Center solutions are configurable, pre-packaged, enclosed rack systems that include power, cooling, security, and management. Micro data centers take advantage of existing infrastructure and can potentially reduce capital expenses by 42 percent over a traditional build, stated Schneider Electric.

The six new micro data center models are available in 16U, 24U, and 42U sizes starting in December 2020 in the United States and Canada. They will be available in Europe early 2021.

The new EcoStruxure Micro Data Center R-Series would help customers alleviate difficulties because it is:

  • Built to withstand harsh indoor environments and applications – Industrial edge environments can be challenging with high levels of dust, moisture, and wide temperature variations.
  • Managed remotely – with Schneider Electric’s portfolio of software and services when there’s limited-to-no on-site IT staff. EcoStruxure IT, an open, vendor-agnostic platform, would provide the power and flexibility for users to manage critical infrastructure on their own or with a partner. They may also allow Schneider Electric’s service engineers to manage the assets for them.
  • Equipped with security features – that allow it to go in unsecured locations.
  • Able to standardize your design – across multiple environments with a single, all-in-one-solution, which is easier to deploy and maintain than disparate systems.
Jean-Baptiste Plagne
“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.

“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 Center. These micro data centers 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.”

Analysts have identified the edge as becoming increasingly important. Local edge data centers are IT infrastructure enclosures/spaces/facilities distributed geographically to enable end points on the network. When in industrial environments, such as a manufacturing plant or distribution center, this application is referred to as ‘industrial edge computing.’