Data center workers — the unsung ‘essential workforce’

TechHQ - Technology and business | April 15, 2020

Clap for carers” has become a symbolic gesture of support for healthcare workers on the ‘frontline’ during the Covid-19 crisis, but also for the other essential workers keeping day-to-day services running. From New York to London to Milan, citizens are open their front doors, hang out of windows or stand on balconies to applaud and bang pots and pans for those keeping supermarkets stocked, the delivery drivers, the refuse collectors – the people keeping the lights on and water running. As the workforce goes remote and we become more reliant on cloud services than ever before, there is another chunk of essential workers that we may not consider as readily: those working in the data centers.

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Introducing the Dell EMC VxRail™ Appliance powered by Intel® Xeon® processors, VMware Virtual SAN (vSAN) and Dell PowerEdge—a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliance designed to modernize your data center. Powered by VMware vSAN Kernel layer integration between vSAN and VMware vSphere enables the Intel® powered VxRail to deliver unique, unmatched performance and efficiency.

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Dell Technologies Transforms the Edge with Project Frontier Software Platform

Dell Technologies | October 13, 2022

Dell Technologies introduces Project Frontier, which will deliver an edge operations software platform, integrated with Dell's edge portfolio, for customers to more securely manage and orchestrate edge applications and infrastructure for deployments at global scale. The complexities of edge operations—in locations from manufacturing floors and retail stores to remote wind turbines—are growing as more organizations want to manage and secure data at the source but have limited IT support to do it. According to a 2022 IDC survey, 42% of businesses say the most challenging aspect of edge deployments is putting together an entire edge solution1. With the amount of data generated growing nine times annually and expected to reach 221 exabytes by 20262, organizations need a simple and effective way to manage and secure the diverse ecosystem of edge technologies. "We're seeing exponential growth in applications running at the edge, making edge the next frontier of business transformation—where devices, infrastructure and data come together to deliver real-time insights at scale. "With this growth, comes complexity. It's not feasible to have IT staff deployed at every edge location. Our decades of edge experience combined with our new solutions help customers simplify their edge and streamline their data to gain insights ranging from factory safety and the speed and precision of patient care in hospitals, while providing more choice in how they realize their edge and multicloud technologies." Gil Shneorson, senior vice president of edge solutions, Dell Technologies Dell's Project Frontier to more securely scale edge operations for any enterprise use case With the Project Frontier edge operations software platform, customers can expect: Their choice of software applications, IoT frameworks, operational technologies (OT), multicloud environments and future technologies supported by an open design that will consolidate existing and new enterprise edge use cases. Zero Trust-enabled security protection across edge applications, data and infrastructure, from design to deployment, backed by end-to-end supply chain security measures. Greater efficiency and reliability of end-to-end edge operations with centralized management, zero-touch deployment and secure device onboarding. Minimal need for IT expertise in the field with automation to streamline edge deployments and operations across potentially thousands of edge locations. Integration of edge compute and storage hardware with workloads for ease of serviceability and increased security. Global planning and support services across 170 countries to help design edge deployments and create a roadmap for scaling customers' edge infrastructure to meet new demand. As an example, Dell Technologies is one of the world's leading technology manufacturers and manages one of the largest global supply chains. Dell plans to deploy the edge platform to deliver increased production line efficiencies by simplifying operations, securely connecting critical data from the production floor to IT infrastructure and enabling real-time reporting of automation data. Additionally, with the Dell Edge Design Program, Dell is collaborating with customers to help design and shape the development of Project Frontier to meet their specific needs. "IDC sees a wide range of locations where modern edge workloads will be deployed, and it is critical that these environments are highly resilient and can operate with limited human intervention," said Jennifer Cooke, IDC Research Director for Edge Strategies. "Dell's efforts with its Project Frontier look to be a strong step forward in realizing an architecture to address these needs and help customers streamline their edge operations." "Dell Technologies and Atos have long worked together to deliver more value to businesses by helping them realize the full potential of their data," said Arnaud Langer, Global Edge and IoT senior product director, Atos. "We look forward to collaborating on new edge innovations that can help organizations significantly simplify and secure their edge while improving business outcomes." Innovations across Dell infrastructure and end user portfolio simplify edge deployments As Project Frontier comes to life, Dell is expanding its current edge portfolio to help businesses scale and manage their edge deployments. Edge analytics and operations: Manufacturers can remove complexities and streamline how they deploy edge applications with an enhanced Dell Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge. The solution now includes new Dell-validated partner applications to support advanced edge use cases and improve factory processes and efficiencies, while reducing waste and raw materials usage for more sustainable operations. For example, Claroty provides asset discovery, network protection, threat detection and vulnerability and risk management for cyber-physical systems. Cognex machine vision helps improve manufacturing quality and performance by eliminating defects, verifying assembly and tracking information during the production process. Telit automates data collection and management from sensors, devices, machines and factories with its IoT platform. XMPro creates composable digital twins of factory operations to help manufacturers save time and materials during the factory operating process. Manufacturers can respond quickly to changes in demand and enable reconfigurable production lines with Dell's private 5G capability. Edge compute and analytics: The Dell PowerEdge XR4000 is the shortest depth server in the Dell PowerEdge family at about the size of a shoebox. The XR4000 is 60% shorter than traditional data center servers, and its multiple mounting options allow it to be installed in a rack, on walls or ceilings, saving valuable floor space. The multi-node, 2U chassis server can survive unpredictable conditions like heat waves or falls. While small, the XR4000 is a high-performance server capable of supporting a wide range of edge workloads and is designed with Intel® Xeon® D processors with multi-operating system as well as optional GPU support. The XR4000 is available with the Dell Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge and powers new Dell VxRail rugged modular nodes, delivering high performance and scalability in high latency, low bandwidth locations. Edge data collection: Built to withstand the most demanding edge locations, the Dell Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme Tablet is the industry's lightest3, most powerful4, 12" fully-rugged tablet. Designed to operate in extreme cold and hot environments, this tablet is rated for maximum protection against dust, dirt and water—ideal for first responders and outdoor environments. New Wi-Fi 6E5 capability with dual-band support provides more reliable connectivity, 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors deliver powerful performance, and optional integrated features, such as a barcode scanner, GPS module and smartcard reader, increase productivity in the field. The tablet is made to be viewed in the brightest, harshest lighting with the largest screen-area for a 12" fully-rugged, military-grade tablet6. About Dell Technologies Dell Technologies helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry's broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era. Copyright © 2022 Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. All Rights Reserved. Dell Technologies and Dell are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other trademarks may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Inspur Information Becomes a Benchmarking Vendor in Gartner's Market Guide for Edge Computing

Inspur Information | November 02, 2022

Inspur Information, a leading IT infrastructure solutions provider, was selected as a Representative Vendor in Edge Computing Server Solutions in the Market Guide for Edge Computing published by Gartner. This accolade exemplifies Inspur Information's leading software and hardware solutions and technologies in edge computing. It was the first time that Gartner published The Market Guide for Edge Computing ("Market Guide"). It is Gartner’s most important report for the edge computing sector. It comprehensively evaluates and studies global edge computing manufacturers from dimensions such as market definition, market direction, and market analysis. By selecting world-leading representative vendors, it provides important references and benchmarks for global users to choose their edge computing solutions. The Market Guide notes that edge computing is pushing a variety of vendors into a new marketplace. This emerging market is still developing and currently consists of several overlapping submarkets in software, hardware and services, such as edge computing server solutions, edge management and orchestration, IoT platforms, edge data management, edge analytics and machine learning, edge communications infrastructure, data center and CDN edge services, and edge vertical industry solutions. The Market Guide also divides the edge computing market into three phases. In Phase 1, edge computing solutions tend to be part of an enterprise's digital transformation (for example, Industry 4.0 in manufacturing, or retail stores of the future) with highly customized user demands. In Phase 2, the edge computing demands continuously develop with the deepening of industrial demands, driving vertically oriented edge computing suites and packages. In Phase 3, many technology requirements for edge computing will span different vertical industries. For example, requirements within enterprises will span from storefront smart retail scenarios to factory AI quality inspection scenarios and smart oil wells, requiring vendors to leverage horizontal solutions. Gartner points out that those forward-thinking enterprises are focused on edge computing strategies and architectures to respond to the challenges vendors will face regarding scalability across verticals. Establishing relevant standards and ecosystem cooperation will facilitate the market's maturity. Inspur Information is the world's leading provider of computing infrastructure. Facing the complex and diverse business demands of edge computing users, it leads the market by participating in the formulation of operator-oriented design standards for edge servers. Not long ago, Inspur Information released its edge computing optional module (ECOM) that satisfies manufacturing, transportation and other diversified and specialized demands, to constantly push the maturity of edge computing products and solutions. EIS800 is a micro edge server based on the ECOM standard. It can be adjusted into different forms, such as indoor, outdoor and micro-center nodes for multiple scenarios as well as complex and demanding environments. Such flexible scalability is ideal for solving the diverse requirements encountered across different vertical industries. For example, in retail stores, the indoor node of the micro edge server has a compact size and can effectively help manage real-time sales data. An outdoor node with its IP65-rated enclosure can operate under an environment temperature of -40°C to +70°C (-40°F to +158°F). It can also operate stably in outdoors smart traffic intersections. A micro-center node supports multiple I/O expansion options and flexible deployment. It can either be deployed at a desktop-level micro-center by stacking multiple nodes or be deployed at a cabinet-level micro-center by installing two connected nodes, providing support for the more complex scenarios of managing smart factories. In addition, Inspur Information has developed its software hardware-integrated edge solutions covering edge servers, operating systems, and micro-module data centers, and is constantly improving its vertical industry partnerships and ecosystem. Currently, the edge computing products and solutions developed by Inspur Information and its partners have been widely applied in manufacturing, energy, transportation and other industrial scenarios. Notable projects include the intelligent factory of a global bearing giant, the largest offshore wind farm in Asia, and implementation of an intelligent parking lot with the Tokyo Institute of Technology. About Inspur Information Inspur Information is a leading provider of data center infrastructure, cloud computing, and AI solutions. It is the world’s 2nd largest server manufacturer. Through engineering and innovation, Inspur Information delivers cutting-edge computing hardware design and extensive product offerings to address important technology sectors such as open computing, cloud data center, AI, and deep learning. Performance-optimized and purpose-built, our world-class solutions empower customers to tackle specific workloads and real-world challenges.

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AtlasEdge Further Expands its European Platform with the Acquisition of Datacenter One

AtlasEdge | October 10, 2022

AtlasEdge, a leading pan-European Edge data centre provider, has today announced the acquisition of Datacenter One (“DC1”). The move furthers AtlasEdge’s expansion across Europe, with DC1 a leading data centre provider in Germany. This acquisition will accelerate AtlasEdge’s expansion across Germany, a key strategic data centre market and Europe’s largest digital economy. The footprint of DC1’s purpose-built, high-quality facilities complement AtlasEdge’s existing operations in Berlin and Hamburg, increasing AtlasEdge’s capability to service customers across five regional German markets with significant “ready-to-sell” capacity. It also comes at a time when the first wave of Edge deployments is accelerating across Europe, with growing customer demand for digital infrastructure closer to the end user driven by enterprises and larger platforms. DC1’s industry-leading senior management team with a deep knowledge of the German market and a track record of successful development will remain unchanged following the transaction. Wolfgang Kaufmann, CEO, DC1, will also be joining AtlasEdge’s Management Team. This is a highly strategic transaction for AtlasEdge. “Germany is an important part of our expansion plans and a market that has seen customer demand rise across multiple metros. Acquiring DC1 transforms AtlasEdge into Germany’s leading distributed platform, with ready-to-sell capacity in key locations across the country. We look forward to working with our new colleagues and continuing to grow our footprint across the continent.” Giuliano Di Vitantonio, CEO, AtlasEdge Wolfgang Kaufmann, CEO, DC1, stated, “The joint expertise of DC1 and AtlasEdge, together with the increased scale and customer offering that this deal enables is a real win. We have experienced first-hand the rising demand and growth potential in the German market, and this is a fantastic next step for us. Our combined locations, ethos and ambition are all the right ingredients, and we’re very excited to be joining AtlasEdge.” DC1’s continued development and expansion strategy will be critical to meet the high levels of demand for colocation across Germany, and AtlasEdge expects to make significant additional investments across the country in this regard. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close towards the end of 2022. DH Capital, a division of Citizens, acted as financial advisor and Hogan Lovells acted as legal counsel to AtlasEdge. ABOUT AtlasEdge AtlasEdge is the leading European Edge data centre platform with over 100 locations across 13 countries. Our distributed data centre portfolio allows our customers to plan and shape their technology and network infrastructure to meet the growing requirements for lower latency, higher performance and localised solutions. Formed through a joint investment by Liberty Global, one of the world’s leading converged video, broadband and communications companies and DigitalBridge, a leading global investment firm dedicated to digital infrastructure, AtlasEdge’s portfolio includes data centres in key markets across Europe, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich. ABOUT Datacenter One (“DC1”) Datacenter One operates several data centers at various locations in Germany. In addition, the company plans and builds turn-key datacenters very fast within six to nine months – starting from 500 sqm rental space at the requested customer location. The Colocation and Colo Connect rental offers ensure that every customer has the perfect capacity available for their needs - individual, flexible and scalable during operations. Datacenter One's facilities are operated with a very high energy efficiency (PUE values < 1.3) and meet high security requirements with ISO 27001 and EN 50600 certifications. Since 2021, the company has been part of the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact to drive sustainable datacenter operations. Datacenter One is a German company headquartered in Stuttgart.

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