Nov 17, 2020

Lenovo and Isotope collaborate on new edge solution

edge computing
Data Centres
Joanna England
3 min
Computing and cooling technology leaders have joined forces to deliver a ground-breaking new HPC micro data centre solution
Computing and cooling technology leaders have joined forces to deliver a ground-breaking new HPC micro data centre solution...

Fortune Global 500 company, Lenovo has teamed up with Iceotope, a leader in chassis-level liquid cooling technologies, Avnet, a global technology solutions provider and microdata centre specialists Schneider Electric, to innovate a chassis-level immersion-cooled HPC micro data centre.

The scalable hardware ranges from 24U <5kW solution to multiple 46kW-rack HPC installations regardless of environment, location or climatic conditions. It also supports the highest performing Intel SKUs and provides uncompromised performance and sustained high-grade heat recovery. 

Using a Lenovo ThinkSystem SR670 server, which is integrated with Iceotope's liquid-cooled chassis and Schneider Electric's NetShelter liquid-cooled enclosure by Avnet, the micro data centre offers Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and High-Performance Computing (HPC).

Workloads can also be used near the location of data generation, regardless of how harsh or hostile the environment.

Edge cooling

The fluid edge 24U liquid-cooled HPC server was developed by integrating the hardware with Iceotope's Chassis system. The servers are partially immersed in a small amount of dielectric coolant precision. Because no front-to-back air cooling and bottom-to-top immersion constraints are required, the device is much more compact and energy-efficient. 

Developers have also removed the need for fans or moving parts, resulting in less servicing and near-silent operation in any location. Critical IT components are also isolated from the environment, making the microdata centre impervious to dust, gas and humidity. 

Steven Carlini, VP Innovation and Data Centre, Schneider Electric described the innovation as “highly intensive” with “efficient compute capability that drop into applications from the edge to large scale HPC's. The ability to bring these ready-to-deploy liquid cooled solutions to market proves the strength of the Avnet, Schneider Electric and Iceotope partnership.”

Harsh environments

The new micro data centres are designed to be used in remote locations and harsh, edge environments. They also contain Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure IT, a cloud-based DCIM that enables remote monitoring and management capability. Essentially, the solution can deliver actionable real-time recommendations to optimise infrastructure performance and mitigate risk.

David Craig, CEO Iceotope commented on the new solution, saying, “Iceotope is dedicated to ensuring the durability, reliability, efficiency, and long-term viability of Fluid Edge facilities, where air cooled approaches have a limited future. Partnering with Lenovo to bring the Ku:l Micro DC to life has accelerated our capability to provide a proven and warranty-backed, chassis-level immersion cooled HPC design solution to this expanding market.”

Speaking about which industries will benefit from the technology, Scott MacDonald, President of Avnet Integrated Solutions added; “Companies looking to deploy IT in edge and other remote locations demand a non-disruptive, conventional form factor, without the need for a cost-prohibitive IT container to be installed on site to support a few enterprise grade servers.”

Iceotope's chassis-level liquid cooling solutions – with precision delivery technologies – are engineered to cool the whole IT stack, in every use case, from the Cloud to the Edge. By removing the need for fans and air-cooling infrastructure, Iceotope's technologies operate in near silence — bringing a game-changing reduction in energy and water consumption, and significant cost reductions in the design, build and operation of data centres.

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May 12, 2021

People Moves: John Gould joins nDivision board 

2 min
The CyrusOne and Dell veteran will guide and advocate for nDivision, a high-tech automation firm based in Dallas. 

This week, IT and automation startup nDivision signed John Gould to its board of directors. It’s an undeniable win for the relatively small Texan tech firm, as Gould brings a degree of pedigree and experience to the small firm, and will undoubtedly open doors to new partnerships and commercial opportunities as a result. 

John Gould - Linkedin
John Gould - Linkedin

Recently, Gould served as the CMO and member of the executive team at CyrusOne. During his tenure at the leading data centre firm, he is credited with generating market-leading sales growth to the tune of $1bn between 2016 and last year - representing a CAGR of about 20%. He left the company in September of last year, since taking over as the Chief Revenue Officer at Enchanted Rock, an IT and data centre power support and resilliency firm also based in Dallas. 

Before joining CyrusOne, Gould worked as the President of Stratasys, a 3D printing firm, as well as the Chief Revenue Officer at ReachLocal, and spent 14 years in various roles at Dell - working largely on the sales side of the tech giant’s managed IT services and digital transformation business. 

"We are incredibly excited and honored to have John join the nDivision board. John is an extremely accomplished business executive and respected corporate leader who brings a wealth of experience to nDivision,” commented nDivision’s CEO, Alan Hixon. 

“His business savvy as well as his relationships immediately makes him a valuable board member and advocate for nDivision." 

nDivision’s business model - using proprietary, AIdriven automation to replace human workers - is a new direction for Gould, but his career in the data centre and cloud industries has already been diverse enough. 

In a statement to the press, he commented that, “nDivision has a disruptive IT Managed Services solution due to its high degree of Intelligent Automation technologies, which drives both cost savings and dramatically improved service levels for its customers. I see huge potential for the nDivision platform and am excited to join its board and look forward to working with Alan and the entire nDivision board and management team in driving shareholder value."


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