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    Schneider Electric Collaborates with HPE on Micro Data Centre Solution to Address New Demands of Distributed IT

    • Helps customer meet new data growth requirements through support of edge computing
    • Standardised architecture enables quick and easy deployment virtually anywhere
    • Includes power, cooling and security in a single enclosure, providing simplified management

    Auckland (New Zealand), January 19, 2017 - Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced it has collaborated with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) on HPE Micro Datacentre, introduced recently at the Gartner Data Centre, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. The collaboratively engineered converged infrastructure solution provides end-to-end IT infrastructure, networking, storage and management in a single, self-contained and easy-to-deploy architecture ideal for distributed IT environments.

    Schneider Electric is leveraging its SmartBunker FX™, an integrated and secure enclosure with UPS, power distribution, cooling and monitoring, with HPE storage, network and compute solutions to create HPE Micro Datacentre, a custom-designed and integrated architecture that supports edge environments. Designed utilising Schneider Electric engineering and HPE consulting expertise creates an operationally-optimised solution. As a result, customers can reduce latency and quickly add capacity while providing a secure and easy to manage remote data centre environment.

    “The growing quantity of data – due in part to the growth of IoT and connected devices – is having a transformational effect on the data centre market and the technologies needed to support it,” said Kevin Brown, CTO, Schneider Electric – IT Division. “As data is becoming increasingly impactful to data centre performance and business success, edge computing has emerged as a compelling solution to reduce latency, meet IoT processing needs and deliver greater availability and reliability. Micro data centres provide a turnkey solution for edge deployments, complete with all the necessary IT and compute components to meet new data growth requirements and deliver connectivity demand.”

    The software-defined HPE Micro Datacentre utilises cloud-enabled HPE ConvergedSystems and HyperConverged, as well as IoT HPE Edgeline Solutions. Ranging in size between 23U and 42U, the enhanced solution, built within the Schneider Electric SmartBunker FX, incorporates IT with 1N and 2N power and cooling, environmental and security monitoring in a single-delivery platform. Complete with full remote management capabilities for the IT and physical infrastructure components, SmartBunker FX brings data centre level availability and reliability to locations lacking dedicated IT space or that require additional levels of physical protection or security.

    Available in custom configurations, HPE Micro Datacentre’s physical features include:

    • Power: Symmetra UPS with remote management and 5-minute runtime, allowing for safe, remote shutdown.
    • Cooling: InRow self-contained, active DX cooling with monitoring, controls and display.
    • Monitoring: StruxureWare™ Data Centre software for remote management and real-time remote monitoring of temperature, power, cabinet access, fire and video.
    • Security: Multi-point, 180-degree locking doors, NetBotz™ Rack Access proximity card locking systems and NetBotz Security and Environmental Monitoring.
    • Safety: Fire-resistant heavy gauge steel construction with thermally insulated walls, sound attenuation and sealed cable entries.

    Through engineered collaboration, Schneider Electric and HPE have developed a unique and mutually exclusive set of hardware and software-defined configurations that deliver an optimised solution that provides greater scalability and flexibility to meet the new demands of the cloud-enabled, hybrid IT environment of the future.

    “Successful IT and facilities partnerships are at the core of enabling edge computing,” said Rick Einhorn, vice president, Data Centre Consulting, HPE. “The ongoing collaborations with Schneider Electric to provide true software-defined data centres where the work is done provides the solution enterprise is looking for.”

    The HPE Micro Datacentre is immediately available worldwide from HPE and channel partners. Pricing will vary by customer configuration. Visit the HPE Micro Datacentre website for more information.

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