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cabling, Enclosures, Cabinets & Racks More recently, many new edge and micro data centre solutions now benefit from the same level of security and technology as their larger counterparts. Developments in the prefabricated and hyperconverged spaces have become key to ensuring that the most critical edge solutions now come with some level of standardisation in the rack component and include higher levels of security, remote access and environmental monitoring. It is here that the latest technological advances in standardisation have indeed stepped up to the plate, ensuring business continuity for both the end user and the most business critical applications. This can be seen with Schneider Electric’s portfolio of NetShelter CX and SmartBunker solutions, which allow the rapid and cost effective deployment of secure IT infrastructure to any location, unhindered by challenges of distance, space constraint or environment. They enable businesses to meet the challenge of Big Data and latency by deploying localised data centres at the edge of networks in order to reduce costs, whilst ensuring high levels of service, reliability and resilience for customer applications. As more devices become equipped with Internet connectivity and sensor technology, which facilitates service monitoring and automatic software upgrades, this – amongst other technology developments – causes an increase in data traffic. This surge is driving the demand for data centres to be located close to the application or user so that global Internet networks do not become unresponsive, slow or clogged with traffic. It’s important to highlight that localised micro data centres must be as reliable and efficient as their larger centralised counterparts, whilst remaining adaptable, easy to manage and guarantee service uptime, as well as low operating costs. Conclusion There is now a growing requirement for data centre physical infrastructure to be located closer to the source of data. As smart devices continue to drive us towards a more digitised future, companies must adopt a forward thinking model for ensuring businesses stay connected to their most critical applications. Reliability, security and protection from human error must remain top of the list for business continuity, which in turn challenges IT managers to think about the rack technology they’re deploying and where specific virtualised applications are hosted. Furthermore, it’s important to recognise that edge computing as we know it is not just a trend; it is the next evolution of the physical infrastructure space. Secure single rack data centres, when combined with the power of the IoT, continue to be the very building blocks that enable companies to embrace digital transformation. April 2017 | 35