Stratus Technologies yesterday announced that Schneider Electric has released EcoStruxure Micro Data Center architectures standardized on its edge computing platforms in a move aimed at accelerating what it described as the “move of traditional data centre capabilities to the factory floor.”

The new micro data centre architectures integrate Stratus’ fault tolerance and virtualization with Schneider Electric’s uninterrupted power to consolidate software workloads and run critical equipment with no downtime, a release stated.

Jointly developed and Industry 4.0-compliant, the micro data centres are tested, validated, and available with pre-loaded software to reduce engineering complexity for system integrators (SI).

According to the release, the move will enable organizations to move “data centre operations to the edge, bringing computing power close to critical equipment to solve data latency and bandwidth issues.

“Stratus ftServer’s virtualization enables end users to concurrently run monitor and control, on-premises historian, manufacturing execution, asset performance management, and automated material handling applications as well as advanced AI and ML applications. Purpose-built for the operational environment, the unit is physically protected in a single enclosure.”

The new architectures can be deployed in a number of vertical industries including consumer packaged goods, water and wastewater, pharmaceutical manufacturing and oil and gas.

Previously, the companies said, system integrators and end users had to “source the compute platform and power components from separate vendors and distributors, align requirements and costs, and then assemble, configure, and test.

With the combined offering, organizations are able to deploy an OT-ready micro data centre for 40% less field engineering cost and 20% faster time-to-market.

Available in 6U, 12U or 42U rack sizes, micro data centres contain integrated cooling and optional environmental monitoring (temperature, humidity, fluid, smoke) and security (door sensors and camera).

Each rack size enclosure offers three Stratus ftServer configurations:

  • Stratus ftServer 2900 supports up to 10,000 I/O’s and two remote clients. The unit is powered by a 1.5kVA APC Smart-UPS (uninterrupted power supply) with on-line UPS with network management card with additional capacity for lower power devices.
  • Stratus ftServer 4900 is ideal for 25,000-50,000 I/O’s and five remote clients. The unit is powered by a 2.2kVA APC Smart-UPS On-line UPS with network management card. The solution offers an additional 6U of rack space for switches, KVM and other IT gear.
  • Stratus ftServer 6900 supports up to 100,000 I/O’s and 20 remote clients. The unit is powered by a 3kVA APC Smart-UPS On-line UPS with network management card.
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