Intelligent Data Centres Issue 43 - Page 38

LOOK BENEATH
THE SURFACE OF ALMOST ANY EDGE APPLICATION AND THE DATA CENTRE
IS THE CRUCIAL FOUNDATION UPON WHICH
TO BUILD . thanks to the Digital Transformation accelerated by the pandemic , will feature literally hundreds of Edge interactions .
FEATURE
Andy Connor , EMEA Channel Director , Subzero Engineering
data centre to match . What ’ s needed is a micro data centre that is as dynamic as the customer ’ s Edge application .

LOOK BENEATH

THE SURFACE OF ALMOST ANY EDGE APPLICATION AND THE DATA CENTRE

IS THE CRUCIAL FOUNDATION UPON WHICH

TO BUILD . thanks to the Digital Transformation accelerated by the pandemic , will feature literally hundreds of Edge interactions .

Infrastructure – the Edge explosion bottleneck ?
Talking about Edge applications is a great deal easier than implementing them . If autonomous vehicles , smart cities and smart retail are to become an everyday , reliable reality , then there needs to be a major build-out of the Edge infrastructure required to make them happen . Look beneath the surface of almost any Edge application and the data centre is the crucial foundation upon which to build . Right now , large , centralised data centre facilities are the norm . But this is beginning to change with the realisation that the local , realtime requirements of so many Edge applications require a small , local , fast , agile , flexible and , importantly , scalable
Customers should have the flexibility to utilise their choice of best-in-class data centre components , including the IT stack , the uninterruptible power supply ( UPS ), cooling architecture , racks , cabling , or fire suppression system . So by taking an infrastructure-agnostic approach , customers have the ability to define their Edge and use resilient , standardised and scalable infrastructure in a way that ’ s truly beneficial to their business .
Furthermore , by adopting a modular architecture users can scale as demands require it and without the need to deploy additional containerised systems . This approach alone offers significant benefits , including a 20 – 30 % cost saving , compared with conventional ‘ preintegrated ’, micro data centre designs .
For too long now , our industry has been shaped by vendors that have forced customers to base decisions on systems which are constrained by the solutions they offer . Now is the time to disrupt the market , eliminate this misalignment and enable customers to define their Edge as they go .
By providing customers with the physical data centre infrastructure they need , no matter their requirements , you can help them plan for tomorrow . Disruptive Edge applications require disruptive , proven micro data centre solutions . �
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