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As edge computing is starting to be used in a variety of different industries, “micro data centers” could soon become the industry standard, replacing traditional large-scale data centers with an emphasis on efficiency.  

With the advent of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and 5G, it is becoming more beneficial to decentralize server workloads related to these technologies.  

If you need more information on Internet of things please check out our IOT blog here.

This basically means data is processed at the edge of your network instead of in a centralised data center which can be hundreds of miles away. The benefits of this practice include much improved latency, allowing devices to communicate with each other almost instantaneously. If you want to learn more about edge computing and what it means for the future of networking, read our blog on Edge Computing here.    

To accommodate this shift, companies such as Schneider Electric have been putting out designs for these micro data centers which look like cabinets which could be installed indoors on a business’s premises and provide up to 42U of rackspace for traditional rack-mount servers.  There are also mini racks available featuring integrated systems, which means that we could potentially soon be seeing data centers sitting in the middle of stores and banks. Schneider Electric are an analytics and hardware company at their core that focuses on optimizing power consumption, however their EcoStruxurestyle platform of data center gear is gaining traction.

Many industries could benefit from these miniature data centers but one of the industries that stands to gain the most is retail because the industry benefits from low latency compute used for personalised marketing, network resilience. Micro data centers would also not look out of place in commercial settings, as a recent demo in Andover showed a discreet micro datacenter with Schneider CX casing, shock-mountings, a wood fascia and sound insulation. This makes them suitable for even carpeted office environments as they can blend in well with office furniture, so visitors could be completely unaware they are standing next to a micro data center.

See a blog post by DataCenterDynamics detailing these style discreet Micro Data Centers 

If you have more questions about Micro Data centers or Internet of things feel free to phone or email us with the information below.  


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Supermicro releases new Edge computing products in response to emerging AI and 5G technologies

At Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Supermicro announced that they are launching new Edge computing systems that are designed to cope with artificial intelligence and 5G workloads.

In a nutshell, Edge computing brings data storage and computing power physically closer to the end user.  In the words of Alex Reznik, Chair of the ETSI MEC ISG standards committee, “anything that’s not a traditional data center could be the ‘edge’ to somebody”.  This would include workloads running on systems that are physically on customer premises.  Basically the goal of Edge computing is to push applications, data and computing power away from centralized points such as data centers and closer to the end user.  

 The reason Supermicro are putting more emphasis on Edge systems is mainly due to the emergence of 5G networking.  The amount of data handled by today’s edge systems is constantly growing which poses challenges to businesses such as bandwidth congestion, processing delays and privacy issues.  

With their new Edge platforms based on Supermicro servers, they hope to help businesses process large data volumes, increase reliability, reduce latency and provide more secure connections.  The new 1019D-16C-FHN13TP and 1019D-FRN5TP edge computing systems are designed for the intelligent Edge as they are balanced between compute, storage, AI and networking capabilities and support up to 37 LAN ports including RJ45 and SFP ports.  These edge systems are also compact as they are 1U with 15 inches of depth. Perfect for businesses looking to run these systems on-site.

For more information about these systems, please contact us by phone or email and we will be glad to further assist you.


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