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ABB, Rittal and HPE develop rugged processing system

04 May, 2018

At the recent Hannover Fair, ABB, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Rittal unveiled a jointly developed technology for running data acquisition, analytics and control processes close to industrial equipment, thus avoiding latency issues and ensuring secure, reliable digital processing. The Secure Edge Data Center (SEDC) will be delivered as a factory-integrated and tested turnkey system, ready to operate in harsh environments.

The IP55-protected system incorporates cooling and fire suppression from Rittal and a redundant power supply from ABB, with backup power. It comes in a standard IT rack format and is expandable in steps of 5, 10 or 20kW to support increasing workloads. The SEDC and its infrastructure can be monitored and managed remotely across multiple locations to ensure high availability without needing specialised staff on site.

By equipping the SEDC with platforms such as HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack, users will be able to deploy Azure applications in the SEDC, or a data centre, or the Azure cloud.

A recent study by the analyst Gartner found that currently about 10% of enterprise-generated data is created and processed outside traditional centralised data centres or the cloud. But, by 2022, it predicts that this figure will have risen to 50%.

The Secure Edge Data Center will help to turn industrial data into action in real time

The SEDC will be available in September 2018.

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