Rittal's edge computing, open compute & Open19 CPD seminars
25 September 2018
Rittal Ltd has developed two new accredited seminars as part of its highly-respected Continuing Professional Development (CPD) series.
Challenging “The Edge” – IoT
The first seminar Challenging “The Edge” – IoT looks at the rise of edge data centres.
It considers how the growth of cloud storage, alongside the need for higher speed and low latency, has fuelled edge computing to support new technology such as 5G, as well as the rise in video content, and machine-to-machine learning (IoT).
In contrast to existing data centres, which are generally sited where energy costs are lower and space is inexpensive, edge data centres will be smaller and situated nearer users, in a mesh network.
Rittal’s pre-fabricated modular mini data centre is a complete pre-fabricated solution on a mini scale, which can be placed close to data sources.
Open Compute Project & Open19 project
The second seminar entitled Open Compute Project & Open19 Project explores the Open Compute Project (OCP), which was launched in April 2011 by Facebook in order to share their hard earned know-how to build low-cost, highly efficient data centres particularly those used by hyper-scale cloud platforms.
The main thrust is to radically alter the way power is distributed to the server by switching to locally derived DC power, lowering power requirements and increasing airflow around the components, thereby reducing cooling costs. Rittal’s Open Compute Project racks are a standard design, which accommodate different DC supply voltages.
A core philosophy is that any participants who want to have a server, or other hardware, recognised as OCP-compliant must open source it.
Alongside this is LinkedIn’s Open19 project, aimed at smaller data centre operators who are smaller in size, but which house the majority of the world’s IT infrastructure. Open19 focuses on edge computing alongside the core data centre hardware, and unlike OCP, uses a licensing framework that lets companies protect their IP while still being actively involved.
The seminar explores Open19 hardware, which is built around the standard 19” rack such as Rittal’s TS IT. IT also explores how Open19 operates with a similar ethos to OCP in that it rearranges server hardware to enhance airflow through the components.
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