22 Jul 2024

AUTOMATION FOR MANUFACTURING

ABB and Rittal link up to offer industrial data centres

Rittal and ABB have announced a global strategic alliance to supply edge data centre systems to industrial customers wanting to deploy robust IT capacity close to their operations. The alliance, based on an existing UPS (uninterruptible power supply) partnership, will cover areas such as secure edge data centre systems with fire protection, edge data centres for OEM manufacturers, scalable modular data centres, as well as power container systems.

The companies plan to expand their solutions approach for modular, secure and high-availability data centre infrastructures. Using their global sales, engineering and service networks, ABB and Rittal plan to conceive and develop modern data centres, especially for edge applications.

They will offer resilient, prefabricated data centre systems – such as the Secure Edge Data Center (SEDC) launched recently in collaboration with HPE – that are designed for harsh industrial environments. These systems will allow users to run low-latency, secure and reliable IT operations close to their operational technology (OT) environments, machines and equipment.

“ABB has supplied UPS systems and electrical distribution solutions to Rittal for some time already and both companies agreed to deepen their partnership on an international level to support their growth strategies in the last few years,” explains Lara Cortinovis, ABB’s global product group manager for power protection. “Rittal not only deploys ABB UPS systems as part of their data centre solutions, but also leverages local ABB services to strengthen sales activities and services in local markets.”

“The enhanced global partnership with ABB provides our customers with the expertise of two global leaders in the OT and IT industry that complement each other perfectly,” adds Andreas Keiger, executive vice-president of Rittal’s global IT business.

The two companies have already collaborated on projects including the Lefdal Mine Data Center, a high-security, energy-efficient data centre built in a decommissioned mine in Norway, which has an IT capacity of more than 200MW in its first phase.