Emerson Network Power Identifies Strategies to Future-Proof Network Edge Facilities
Intelligent, rapidly deployable integrated solutions provide efficiency and availability
Bangkok, Thailand– Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications technology systems, today identified strategies for organizations to better support edge facilities amid continued explosion of data generated by people and devices.
Because of emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing, more organizations are now moving their storage, networking and bandwidth closer to users or in edge facilities. These facilities, also known as “neighborhood” data centers, face unique challenges of efficiency, availability and resiliency as they receive, process, and store huge amounts of data.
“We are expecting exponential growth in digital consumption this year, causing a spike in data that is being generated, collected and analyzed. Because of this, there is a growing importance on neighborhood data centers, especially in the areas of retail and banking,” said Daniel Sim, director, channel business, Emerson Network Power in Asia. “These facilities require critical infrastructure that is flexible, scalable and cost-effective to address new challenges at the edge.”
Below are strategies to future-proof the network edge:
- Consider design flexibility
Neighborhood data centers, or edge facilities, are receiving, processing and storing huge amounts of data as more networks and devices are becoming increasingly connected to them. Gartner predicts that by 2020, there will be 6.4 billion connected devices because of IoT and this can cause concerns for uptime and reliability in edge facilities. Jay Wirts, vice president and general manager of IT management, Emerson Network Power says, “When it comes to edge, organizations need to think about growth both vertically and horizontally. It’s not just about deploying facilities that can scale to accommodate growth within a specific location, but also quickly deploying facilities in new locations.” The SmartCabinet™ and SmartRow™ systems that combine power, thermal and IT management in a small footprint are ideal in these deployments, as these can be expanded as needed and rapidly deployed. Further, standardized systems simplify design and cut deployment costs.
- Ensure visibility at the edge
Managing several remote facilities can be a challenge and often require additional skilled manpower, which can be costly. To save on cost while ensuring insight into the neighborhood data center, organizations must enable real-time visibility of all IT networks, from core to the edge. Intelligent power distribution units such as the Liebert® MPH2, KVM switches and data center infrastructure management solutions enable centralized management of remote servers, allowing operators to proactively detect and identify potential risks and address them immediately.
- Resiliency in all levels
Because of today’s interconnected society, users expect applications to always be available. In the recent Ponemon Study on Data Center Downtime sponsored by Emerson Network Power, it found that the cost of downtime has increased to $8,851 per minute or an average of $740,357. UPS failure still accounts as the number one cause of data center outage. This can be avoided through reliable, fault-tolerant UPS such as the Liebert GXT4 that protect equipment against electrical disturbances.
Emerson Network Power’s micro unified infrastructure offerings are ideal for deployment in edge facilities. From row to rack deployments, these are self-contained, preconfigured, fully-integrated solutions for branch offices, remote offices and other edge of network facilities.
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About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), is the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure technologies and life cycle services for information and communications technology systems. With an expansive portfolio of intelligent, rapidly deployable hardware and software solutions for power, thermal and infrastructure management, Emerson Network Power enables efficient, highly-available networks. Learn more at www.EmersonNetworkPower.Asia.
About EmersonEmerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2015 were $22.3 billion. For more information, visit Emerson.com.