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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Modelling tool for rolling out edge computing infrastructure

By Nick Flaherty

Schneider Electric has developed a software tool that empowers partners to rapidly and accurately plan and design integrated, customised and highly reliable edge solutions. 

The APC Local Edge Configurator features an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, enabling partners to design a comprehensive, validated edge architecture, including rack, single-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS), security, power distribution and software, in a plug-and-play model. This helps them provide redundancy and physical security with speed, agility and simplicity.

The growth of big data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the explosion of data-intensive applications increases the need for real-time data processing, high bandwidth transmission and significantly reduced latency traditional data centres are unable to support. This necessitates the use of distributed IT environments at the network edge. Once relegated to disorganised, insecure wiring closets, these deployments are becoming highly critical, requiring more availability, security, redundancy and resiliency at the access layer than ever before. As a result, specifying, building and ensuring system component compatibility within these systems is becoming expensive and time-consuming for channel organisations.

"In response to a growing need for real-time access to information, edge computing is revolutionising the way in which data can be collected, processed and shared. As a result, edge deployments are becoming mission critical, and ensuring compatibility and validation of systems components is increasingly complex for the channel," said Shannon Sbar, Vice President, North America Channels for the APC power brand owned by Schneider Electric. "APC Local Edge Configurator delivers Certainty in a Connected World by eliminating these obstacles, empowering partners to easily build, test and ship fully integrated solutions, delivering the power and value channel partners need to remain competitive, and maximising the business opportunity around edge."

The online tool  draws from a comprehensive, automatically updating library of all currently available APC physical infrastructure solutions, as well as leading storage, networking, converged and hyperconverged systems from Cisco, Nutanix, Dell EMC and others.

The final physical architectures can be shipped as individual components or a fully integrated system when designed with the Cisco-certified APC NetShelter SX with Shock Packaging or built from the Micro Data Centre Xpress system. These latter options enable system integrator partners to limit the time and costs necessary for full manual integration and provide an easily installable product for customers.

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