Moving Industry 4.0 data centre capability to the factory floor
Stratus Technologies, a leader in simplified, protected, autonomous Edge Computing platforms, has announced that Schneider Electric has released EcoStruxure Micro Data Centre architectures standardised on Stratus Edge Computing platforms to accelerate the move of traditional data centre capabilities to the factory floor.
The new micro data centre architectures integrate Stratus’ fault tolerance and virtualisation with Schneider Electric’s uninterrupted power to consolidate software workloads and run critical equipment with no downtime. Jointly developed, the micro data centres are fully tested, validated, and available with pre-loaded software to reduce engineering complexity for System Integrators (SI).
Industry 4.0 Micro Data Centres for Automation and Control
The Schneider Electric EcoStruxure Micro Data Centre with Stratus ftServer® enables end users 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 virtualisation 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.
John Knorr, VP of global IT alliances, at Schneider Electric said, “When partnering with Stratus, we spoke about the many day-to-day responsibilities of a System Integrator and the security and privacy concerns raised with outsourcing IT. We made it our mission to not only bridge the gap of IT and OT but simplify the purchase, deployment and management cycle all together with a one-stop-shop solution.” The new architectures are ideal for deployment in CPG, Water & Wastewater, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Oil & Gas and other industries that want to harness real-time edge data for insight and competitive advantage.
Less Engineering Complexity and Faster Time-to-Market
Previously, SIs 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 solution, teams have a prevalidated solution available from a single source with service and support from both Stratus and Schneider Electric. As a result, organisations are able to deploy an OT-ready micro data centre for 40% less field engineering cost and 20% faster time-to-market.
Tim Black, global SI program manager, at AVEVA said, “This Stratus and Schneider Electric collaboration drastically reduces the engineering work and logistical complexity for AVEVA SIs and distributors deploying micro data centres in OT environments. The EcoStruxure Micro Data Centre with Stratus ftServer should be the standard fault tolerant platform for Edge-to-Enterprise digital transformation projects, enabling fast deployments for Performance Intelligence.”
EcoStruxure Micro Data Centre Configurations and Sizing
System Integrators and customers can order the EcoStruxure Micro Data Centre systems in a range of configurations as well as pre-loaded with industrial software such as AVEVA System Platform and others.
The EcoStruxure Micro Data Centre with Stratus ftServer is available in 6U, 12U or 42U rack sizes powered by Schneider Electric Secure Power solutions. Each micro data centre has integrated cooling and optional environmental monitoring (temperature, humidity, fluid, smoke) and security (door sensors and camera). The 42U enclosure adds NEMA-12 with filters and ventilation fans and is ideal for larger deployments where additional IT gear is required, and dedicated IT space is not available. Schneider Electric’s smart, uninterrupted power supply (UPS) offers protection against electrical hazards, remote support, and “graceful” calculated shutdown.
Stratus ftServer delivers virtualisation to run a range of concurrent software workloads and fault tolerance to eliminate downtime and data loss. Each rack size enclosure offers three Stratus ftServer configurations:
• Stratus ftServer 2900 supports up to 10,000 I/O’s and two (2) remote clients. The unit is powered by a 1.5kVA APC Smart-UPS (uninterrupted power supply) 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 (5) 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 twenty (20) remote clients. The unit is powered by a 3kVA APC Smart-UPS On-line UPS with network management card.