Data ready for smart buildings

Studies suggest that global data volumes will increase ten-fold by 2025, to 163 zettabytes (Zbytes). This is being driven by the Internet of Things (IoT) – ranging from networked manufacturing to smart homes and smart cities. Edge data centers can handle the huge amounts of data near the point of origin. The Rittal Edge Data Center is based on a standardized infrastructure, and – as a turnkey solution – can be used to set up data centers quickly and cost-effectively.

Smart cities, smart homes and smart buildings - the Internet of Things (IoT) is paving the way for a new kind of intelligence and networking of devices. Due to the increased use of software and sensors, not only is the amount of data increasing, so is the demand for quickly available computing capacity. The digitization and networking of living spaces, buildings and cities can be successfully achieved with edge data centers, which process data where it originates.

What makes an edge data center stand out? In fact, these are turnkey IT environments, which are modular and scalable as rack or complete container solutions. The existing expansion options make these solutions suitable for companies of all sizes. Since the components for cooling, power supply, monitoring and security are pre-installed and coordinated with each other, an edge environment can be successfully created very quickly.

Turnkey edge data centers
With this in mind, Rittal has introduced its Edge Data Center: an end-to-end product with standardized, preconfigured IT infrastructure.

“With edge data centers, IT environments can be implemented quickly and easily to meet the challenges of IoT”, explains Andreas Keiger, Executive Vice President Global BU IT infrastructure, at Rittal. “Combined with the as-a-service offering that we provide jointly with iNNOVO Cloud, the Rittal Edge Data Center is a one-stop, ready-to-use solution for every IoT scenario.”

The system can be gradually extended by two racks at a time. Moreover, this modular approach gives customers numerous expansion options for special applications – for example, installation in an IT security room or (for a flexible choice of location) within a container.

Online configurator for better planning
Rittal now offers a web-based configurator so you can plan the use of an edge data center quickly, easily and cost-effectively. This allows visitors to test the diverse application potentials based on the example of their own requirements: