Meet Delta's new range of modular data centres for the edge
The data centre industry is changing.
As technologies like 5G continue to tip the data management balance away from the centralised hyperscale data centre model and towards the edge, the goal for operators and manufacturers is shifting away from “how do we make it bigger?” and towards “How do we fit it in the back of a truck?”
Modular, compact and edge-compatible are the characteristics of the modern data centre, as companies increasingly shift their focus towards decentralised networks throughout urban and rural environments to decrease latency and improve reliability.
"Data volumes will grow rapidly especially with the 5G roll-out and advent of low latency applications like autonomous driving, remote healthcare etc. in the near future," said at . "In response to this trend, information infrastructure has to change too. There is a shift happening right now from cloud computing to edge computing.”
SmartNode is a new generation of modularised data centre infrastructure solutions, with an emphasis on flexible power systems and cooling designs, as well as rapid deployment and scalable capacity for versatile implementation across the EMEA regions. The products in the range are Tier II-rated ( with Tier III available as an optional extra) data centre infrastructure solutions designed to rapidly scale edge computing capacity and provide the infrastructure necessary for IoT as well as low latency applications. SmartNode modularized data centres are available in five different capacities ranging from 33kW to 90kW.
Delta is pitching its product towards telecommunications operators, enterprises, data centre planners, colocation providers, and cloud service providers. These edge data centres act as a caching and data-aggregation point between users and larger data centres to ease overwhelming IT loads. All the subsystems, such as modular UPS, power distribution, cooling, DCIM and more are highly integrated and reliable, thanks to Delta’s extensive experience in the energy management sector.
Additional features of the SmartNode range include:
- Reliable Power System: Power distribution solution integrated within a UPS allows saving valuable data centre space and reduces the TCO of the data centre.
- High Load IT Rack: The robust module structure allows customers to fill complete racks with IT equipment and utilize full rack loads (1420 kg per rack).
- Optimal Cooling Management: The standard operating ambient temperature range is -15℃ up to +48℃, and it is up to +39℃ without de-rating.
- Enhanced Condenser Protection: Condensers are surrounded with a mesh cage to provide protection during transport and against vandalism on-site.
- Excellent Reliability: The robust construction and EI60 fire resistance allow implementation of the system in a wide range of environmental conditions.
- Advanced DCIM Solution: Delta InfraSuite Manager is also available as an option for the new prefabricated data centres. It enables operators to automate data centre management tasks and perform optimizations.
In the company’s press release, Mukhija added that, “The all-in-one design not only gives customers a one-stop solution, but also achieves high system integration and reliability."
Schneider Electric reveals new IT Innovation report
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”.