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Rittal forms global strategic partnership with Atos

02 Jul 2019

Rittal has announced that it has formed a new global strategic partnership with Atos and Siemens to develop intelligent edge data centre solutions for smart industries, smart cities, smart retail, energy and utility companies, and public sector organisations.

The new ‘Intelligent Edge Data Centre’ (IEDC) is a highly configurable, data centre solution that enables companies to process IoT data in real-time - using solutions such as MindSphere, the cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens, plus the new BullSequana Edge computing server and the BullSequana S server from Atos, Atos Codex Cloud Industrial Supervision (CIS) - thus optimising their entire value chain with an advanced, data-analytics solution.

The OT Infrastructure has been developed by Rittal and is designed as an edge data centre. One of the resulting improvements lies in the direct operation at the point of data generation to allow real-time processing of IoT data for faster analysis of streaming data and improved industry automation.

Meanwhile, Atos’s and Siemens’ software applications for IoT and Edge solutions will together manage the data collection, computation and data analytics.

Solution for Edge Computing

The IEDC is available in different performance classes, from a wall box or a single IT rack, up to a powerful turnkey-ready and scalable data centre container.

The IEDC is ideal for companies that have already started the process of digital transformation, and therefore need to process large amounts of real-time data in smart production environments or other areas.

The technology can be applied across a range of sectors, from smart retail to smart healthcare, as well as in smart cities and to facilitate the expansion of 5G mobile networks by processing data right at the base of the mobile station.

The IEDC solution in detail

The IEDC is a secure, highly standardised, industrialised solution. It can run autonomously in non-data centre environments and there is no need either for a white room or for local IT teams to operate it. It is delivered Mindsphere-ready and can run IoT-dedicated applications either in the cloud or on premises.

The IEDC embeds a BullSequana Edge server for computer vision and IoT data lake from Atos, Atos Codex CIS software, which then forms the IoT backbone, but it can also interconnect several other sensors within a single IEDC.

The IEDC can also be interconnected to establish a swarm as a meshed edge data centre network. This enables the progressive deployment of advanced business applications and solutions. The relevant data of each node of the network is available within top-level dashboards used for a deep insight by monitoring, controlling and optimisation using advanced analytics.