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Schneider Electric, StorMagic and HPE unveil 'Edge in a Box'

The micro data centre solution provides IT systems for edge computing environments

Cloud computing

Schneider Electric, StorMagic and HPE have joined forces to create 'Edge in a Box', a new micro data centre solution that provides IT systems for edge computing environments.

Available immediately worldwide, the joint offering includes Schneider Electric’s 6U Wall Mount EcoStruxure Micro Data Centre, alongside StorMagic SvSAN software and two HPE ProLiant Servers.

Designed to meet the compute requirements of small workspaces, 'Edge in a Box' can be wall-mounted and fully customised through a global network of channel partners. In terms of performance, the solution delivers resilient power, ultra-low latency connectivity, as well as secure, on-premise servers and data storage, the trio says.

"Customers with edge sites are experiencing a number of unique challenges, including budget constraints, lack of space and limited, or non-existent IT support," commented David Terry, vice president of IT Channels at Schneider Electric, Europe. 

"The 6U EcoStruxure Micro Data Center is the smallest, secure and lightweight data centre solution in the market, helping organisations to quickly modernise their IT infrastructure, while reducing the costs associated with deployment, servicing and maintenance."

Optimised to run edge applications, the system offers up industry-leading uptime, the companies say, thanks to its combination of StorMagic software, two HPE ProLiant servers, choice of VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Linux KVM hypervisor, APC Smart-UPS with Lithium-ion models, APC power distribution unit (PDU), as well as HPE Aruba Networking. 

"IT teams must be able to quickly deliver what the business needs - simplicity, low-cost and 100% uptime to ensure confidence that business-critical applications are always running," said Bruce Kornfeld, chief marketing and product officer at StorMagic. 

"By combining StorMagic SvSAN with APC by Schneider Electric infrastructure and HPE servers, customers can work with their integration partner of choice to customise, build and deploy 'Edge in a Box' solutions that meet their budget and space requirements."

Ultimately, the trio says 'Edge in a Box' will enable IT professionals to mitigate IT downtime and its impact on business, reduce the complexity of on-site work, simplify system configuration and programming, as well as minimise order complexity and delivery times for rapid installation.

"By integrating HPE ProLiant servers with advanced technologies from Schneider Electric, we are able to power the edge in the box solution," said David Stone, vice president, Worldwide Ecosystem Sales Leader at HPE. 

"Together we are making it easier for customers to deploy and manage edge computing solutions and enable them to focus on unlocking new value and creating new experiences from edge-driven data."

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