Turnkey resilient micro-modular data centre, purpose-built for rough environments, helps customers turn data into action in real time.

At Hannover Messe, ABB, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Rittal unveiled the Secure Edge Data Center (SEDC) for industrial and telecommunications environments. This will allow customers to run enterprise-grade IT near their operational technology (OT) environments, machines and equipment to enable low-latency, secure and reliable digital processes.

Gartner says that “currently, around 10 per cent 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 per cent.” 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 percent on average over the last 3 years and it will continue to expand with initiatives like 5G and the ongoing OT-IT convergence.

“Currently, around 10 per cent of enterprise-generated data is created and processed outside a traditional centralised data centre or cloud.”

Responding to this demand, the SEDC provides a turnkey and resilient data centre environment optimized 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 significantly simplifies the deployment of enterprise-grade IT solutions in industrial environments regardless of their location. It helps customers get started quickly – delivered as a factory-integrated and tested turnkey solution, fully equipped with pre-configured HPE software-defined infrastructure, the SEDC is ready to operate within twelve weeks.

By equipping the SEDC with hybrid platforms such as HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack, customers can deploy Azure-consistent applications to their preferred location – on HPE infrastructure in the SEDC or a data centre, as well as in the Microsoft Azure public cloud – to meet their specific requirements regarding performance, security or cross-site collaboration.

The Secure Edge Data Centre is available in Europe in September 2018. It will be unveiled at Hannover Messe 2018, on the booths of ABB (hall 11, stand A35), HPE (hall 6, stand A38) and Rittal (hall 11, stand E06).

“ABB is very conscious that when our customers start their journey for new digital services and enter initiatives like IoT and Industry 4.0, they need a secure and stable infrastructure close to the operations. Our Secure Edge Data Centre is providing them with those capabilities with an off the shelf proven data centre solution,” CiarĂ¡n Flanagan head of global data centre segment at ABB, said.

Volkhard Bregulla, vice president global sales, manufacturing, automotive and IoT, HPE said more and more companies realise they have to equip their machines and plants with intelligence to capture the value of their industrial data. “This requires running enterprise-grade IT systems at close range to the operational technology equipment, creating actionable insights and automatic action in real time,” he said.

“Edge Computing requires IT solutions that can be implemented rapidly and safely. With the SEDC, we provide our joint customers with a resilient, scalable and secure turnkey solution for the requirements of the Internet of Things and other low-latency scenarios. This gives us a broader reach to help enterprises quickly with high end complete datacentre solutions according to their needs.” Andreas Keiger, executive vice president global business unit IT, Rittal, concluded.