Apr 20, 2021

EdgeX opens in the U.S. following acquisition of first site

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Sam Steers
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EdgeX, a new US data centre company, has launched after purchasing its first site in Oklahoma
A new data centre company has launched in the United States after acquiring its first site in Oklahoma city.
 
Formed as part of a three-man leadership by data centre veterans John Parsons, Terry Morrison, and Octavio Morales, EdgeX has acquired its first site, which plans to target verticals in financial services, digital content distribution, insurance and enterprise applications.
 
Parsons, Morrison and Morales all have a combined experience in the industry spanning more than 75 years.
 
Describing how the company launch came about, John Parsons said: "In the middle of a pandemic, we saw an opportunity.
 
The world of remote working and distance learning exploded, and data centres along with cloud companies and service apps were in high demand," he said.
 
He added: "This facility will be the first of many as we continue to look for opportunities to extend the edge."
 
Having purchased the site on 2 April, EdgeX is already eyeing new business opportunities, and promoting its central U.S. location as an asset for potential customers.
 
The site is located at 4442 Newcastle Road in Oklahoma City and is 65,000 sq ft in size with two 10,000 sq ft data halls.

 

EdgeX: Meet the Founders
 
Before creating EdgeX, John Parsons co-founded Perimeter Technology Centre (PTC) with EdgeX partner Terry Morrison in 2002. Before being sold nine years later to TierPoint in 2011, PTC became the largest commercial data centre provider in Oklahoma.
 
Octavio Morales co-founded TierPoint in 2003 in Spokane, Washington D.C. It was sold in 2012 before Morales left TierPoint in 2019.
 
Since 2012, John Parsons has also operated the private equity firm Crooked Creek Capital, whilst Morrision was the Chief technology Officer at Green Cloud Technologies.
 
Fast forward nine years and the data centre veterans have launched their own company in the U.S. which they hope to grow in years to come.
 
 

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Jun 20, 2021

Schneider Electric reveals new IT Innovation report

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Schneider Electric has released the Digital Economy and Climate Impact report revealing new innovations for sustainability and resiliency in data centres

Schneider Electric has released a new IT innovations report titled “Digital Economy and Climate Impact”, with the aim of gaining an understanding of how digitised and smart applications will be powered in the future. The company says that the report predicts that IT sector-related electricity demand is expected to increase by almost 50% by 2030. 

Despite this, the report also shows that emissions would not increase by more than 26% by the same year, following the decarbonisation of the electricity system. In an attempt to reduce this rise in emissions the Schneider Electric TM Sustainability Research Institute recommends continued efforts in achieving efficiencies on the IT and energy sides at both the component and system levels. 

The report highlights how the rise of edge computing technologies require a “specific focus” due to these systems being less efficient than hyperscale data centres. “When the world locked down, it also logged on and internet traffic soared,” said Pankaj Sharma, EVP, Secure Power, Schneider Electric. 

“It’s misleading to assume that digital activity will inevitably result in a deeply problematic increase in CO2 emissions. The analysis from the Schneider Electric Sustainability Institute puts to rest many of the worst-case scenario claims predicting IT-related electricity use will double every five years. That said, as an industry, we must remain vigilant in finding new sources of sustainability gains while ensuring resiliency as digital keeps life moving forward”, he added. 

As well as the release of the report, Schneider Electric also announced several updates to its EcoStruxure IT data center infrastructure management software, Galaxy VL 3-phase uninterruptable power supply (UPS), introducing an industry-leading single-phase UPS, the APC™ Smart-UPS™ Ultra. All introductions are designed to advance the industry forward in meeting sustainability goals while increasing the resiliency of IT and data centre infrastructure, the company said. 

Managing hybrid data center and edge IT environments

Also showcased in Schneider Electric’s report are the increasing demands on digital consumption. According to the company, these create a more complex hybrid environment inclusive of enterprise, cloud, and edge data centres. Addressing the unique management challenges of a hybrid IT environment, Schneider Electric has announced updates to its EcoStruxure IT software to increase efficiency and resiliency, including:

  • Increased remote management capabilities: New granular remote device configuration features enable users to change configurations on one or more devices – including the new Galaxy VL and APC Smart-UPS Ultra single-phase UPS units – from one centralised platform with EcoStruxure IT Expert. This update, combined with previously released software insights on device security health, enables the user to identify faulty devices or configurations and address them in a matter of clicks, keeping their hybrid IT environment secure.
  • Improved environmental monitoring: Environmental monitoring systems ensure users have eyes and ears on data centre and IT deployments from anywhere, anytime. With this update, users can push mass configurations remotely for NetBotz cameras 750 and 755 quickly and efficiently increasing security across the critical infrastructure.
  • Enhanced remote capacity modeling and planning: With EcoStruxure IT Advisor’s new capabilities, users can remotely compare an unlimited number of racks and easily identify available capacity, view what assets are deployed and their dependencies.

Sharma concluded: “Schneider Electric has been focused on sustainability for the past 15 years and was recently named the most sustainable corporation in the world. We have embraced the mindset that future innovation will deliver better efficiency across the broader connectivity landscape. By making smart intentional choices, our industry can help mitigate how much electricity and emissions result from the rising appetite for digital technologies”.

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