Apr 8, 2021

Sonic Edge Ltd launches "Sonic EdgePods" as MDCs

ComputerStorage
MicroDataCentre
Sam Steers
2 min
Courtesy of Sonic Edge Ltd
Sonic Edge Ltd has launched "Sonic EdgePods" as Micro Data Centres or MDCs, designed to meet storage and service needs for Edge and On-Premise locations...

Sonic Edge Ltd has announced it is launching Sonic EdgePods as Micro Data Centres (MDCs) designed to meet computer storage and services needs for end users.

The new micro data centres support either multi-tenancy or sole occupancy and range in size and power from 6-metre, 50kW, 5 racks to 12-metre, 120kW 10 racks, with options including chilled water, DX or liquid-cooled for the power unit. 

Founder of Sonic Edge Ltd, Stuart Priest, talked about Sonic Edge's new product, saying: “EdgePod’s are designed to operate autonomously and are built to customers required Tier level and design specifications. 

"Because of the unique way the EdgePod’s are designed and built, we can deploy them in weeks rather than months, enabling customers to accelerate technology deployments far quicker than has traditionally been experienced in the past,” he added.

According to the company's website, the size of the pods allows "a short design, fast fabrication, build cycle and factory testing with a quick and easy site installation" which maximises efficency, scalability and space. 

The company also offer support once an EdgePod has been built, which includes a 24/7, 365-day emergency call-out facility, maintenance management, and site security. 

Stuart Priest added: “Since launching our range of Sonic EdgePod’s in March we have had enquiries from Kenya, Indonesia, Spain, Germany and the UK. 

"The fact we are completely autonomous in terms of the vendor technology we use to build out the Pods, means our customers can be involved in the EdgePod design from day one, if required. 

"Each Pod is bespoke to them and their business needs, which gives them a real sense of buy-in and product satisfaction”. 

“The Distributed Edge and MDC market is seeing some significant growth at the moment and this is only going to accelerate as the demand for compute, services and storage delivered locally continues. We see our EdgePod’s taking full advantage of this exciting new technology sector," he concluded. 

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Jun 20, 2021

Schneider Electric reveals new IT Innovation report

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datacentres
CompanyReport
DigitalEmissions
3 min
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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