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Edge of the Future is here: Are you ready?

January 8, 2020


The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is well documented but its impact on business computing is less so. It means many businesses need to deploy apps locally to enhance the user experience. It also means more computing horsepower and data storage is needed at the network edge.

New devices and connections are growing exponentially at the edge, fuelling the need for distributed computing at new sources of demand.

Gartner states that 75% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside the traditional, centralised data centre or cloud by 2022. By 2025, it expects the number of ‘micro’ or ‘edge’ data centres to have quadrupled due to innovations such as 5G and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI).

Adopting an Edge strategy can often prove confusing for businesses. So, it’s unsurprising that advising on the design and installation of Edge solutions can also be daunting for our channel partners.  Especially when customers need infrastructure deployments in more demanding environments.

If you are a value-added reseller (VAR) and want to learn more about Edge computing, please join us and our partners APC and TechData at the Moorgate Eight Club in London (EC2A 2BX) next Thursday 16 January, for a half-day session on HCI and the tools and validated reference designs that can help save your customers valuable space and time, while bringing new business opportunities for you.


Micro data centres, big benefits

With over a decade of collaboration and proven innovation, APC by Schneider Electric and Cisco have created edge solutions with certified interoperability so you can streamline HCI deployments for your customers.

Validated for Cisco HyperFlex, APC Micro Data Centres simplify IT deployment and minimise risk with a completely self-contained, secure data centre physical infrastructure and management software that’s purpose-built for the edge.

Suitable for IT room and non-climate-controlled environments, APC Micro Data Centres are pre-integrated at the factory for seamless deployment. This means your customers can:

  • Reduce deployment time, cost, and complexity
  • Reduce the need for on-site IT support staff
  • Prevent unauthorised access through a physically secure enclosure
  • Maximise uptime with 24/7 digital remote monitoring
  • Make it simple and cost effective to add data centre capacity

The solution comes with flexible payment options via Cisco Capital, while APC’s EcoStruxure™ IT platform has Cisco UCS manager integration. This delivers complete visibility and data-driven insights across all of your customer’s devices from a single pane of glass – anytime, anywhere. APC also provides its expert service bureau for 24/7 remote monitoring and troubleshooting support.


Register today to learn more about this portfolio of Micro Data Centres for all edge environments, segments, and remote ‘lights out’ applications. Plus, the commercial opportunities it means for you.


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  1. Great stuff, Ian! This looks really interesting.