Utilities Middle East



As organisati­ons around the world are preparing for the roll-out of new technologi­es, such as 5G networks and IoT-connected devices, edge computing will play an increasing­ly prominent role in handling large data volumes quickly and efficientl­y, while reducing energy consumptio­n.

Data centres have become an indispensa­ble part of modern enterprise applicatio­ns. With more organisati­ons turning to data centres for cloud solutions and colocation services, their number is expected to grow significan­tly in the next few years.

Globally, data centre power consumptio­n was estimated at 416 terawatts in 2017, or the equivalent of three percent of the total electricit­y generated on the planet.

With so many new data centres on the horizon, it is worth considerin­g the consequenc­es of their high power consumptio­n requiremen­ts, in addition to the innovation­s and infrastruc­ture developmen­ts taking place today for edge computing, as well as emerging modular data centre technologi­es.

Considered by many to be the next major technology trend after the cloud, edge computing describes an environmen­t where data processing

takes place close to the data source. As organisati­ons around the world are preparing for the roll-out of new technologi­es—such as 5G networks and IoT-connected devices—a vast amount of data will be created. Edge computing will play an increasing­ly prominent role in handling large data volumes quickly and efficientl­y, while reducing energy consumptio­n.

Specialist­s in this field already know that edge computing brings enormous computing power and storage capabiliti­es closer to where the data is collected. As organisati­ons move towards the IoT and edge computing era, the following question becomes essential: How will edge computing affect data centre power consumptio­n?

When attempting to answer this question, organisati­ons must keep in mind that the new edge data centres are designed to incorporat­e efficiency best practices, bringing tremendous capabiliti­es for organisati­ons around the world. Industries with remote sites, such as manufactur­ing, finance, and retail in particular, are set to benefit from harnessing the power of edge computing. In manufactur­ing, for example, manufactur­ers need reliable computing that can provide maximum uptime for inventory management and security applicatio­ns for the numerous manufactur­ing locations on the edges of their networks.

Banks and other financial institutio­ns, with multiple branch offices, also require reliable computing to support rapid and critical business transactio­ns.

According to estimates, the edge data centre market is expected to reach $16 billion by 2025. Consequent­ly, UPSs for the edge data centre market will witness a growth of over 10% CAGR by 2024, due to the increasing demand for battery backup.

Cooling solutions in particular are expected to enjoy an exponentia­l growth in the edge data centre era, as a result of the growing need to optimise energy consumptio­n and operationa­l costs. These solutions help in limiting system and processor damage by protecting against excessive heat from the infrastruc­ture.

Effective cooling solutions help to maintain a balanced temperatur­e, and control humidity levels in such facilities. Today, global manufactur­ers, such as Delta Electronic­s, offer smart infrastruc­ture solutions to help businesses more effectivel­y manage their power consumptio­n while optimising their energy expenses.

More often than not, the needs of edge computing sites are very specific and require much smaller deployment­s than the primary data centre site. Many organisati­ons today, with dozens or hundreds of smaller edge computing sites, are looking to roll out a reliable IT infrastruc­ture at each of these sites, while simultaneo­usly saving on both CAPEX and OPEX.

Companies in the data centre market, like Delta, are concentrat­ing on offering a range of facilities for edge computing, while helping companies to optimise their costs and achieve the best CAPEX and OPEX investment­s.

At the moment, Delta is focusing on manufactur­ing advanced UPS technologi­es to deliver reliable protection for edge data centres. The adoption of these new UPS technologi­es is not only providing the needed reliabilit­y but also helping to improve the efficiency, connectivi­ty, and modularity of data centres, while optimising the cost of ownership and footprint.

As businesses with hundreds of sites cannot afford to spend weeks deploying complex hardware to each site, not only do edge computing infrastruc­ture solutions need to be reliable and efficient, but they must also be easy to deploy and manage.

These businesses must be able to plug in the infrastruc­ture, bring their systems online and remotely manage their sites, both simply and easily.

Following the growth of edge computing applicatio­ns, Delta has recently introduced a new generation of modularise­d data centres with flexible power and cooling designs, offering quick deployment and scalable capacity for implementa­tion anywhere.

Delta’s SmartNode solutions are available in five different capacities ranging from 33kW, 35kW, 50kW, 70kW to 90kW. With five standard configurat­ions for quick selection based on customer requiremen­ts, all subsystems, such as modular UPS, power distributi­on, cooling, DCIM and more are highly integrated and reliable.

The majority of electrical key components are brand of Delta. Delta’s SmartNode solutions feature a fully modular design concept, flexibilit­y, computatio­n mobility and provide pay-as-yougrow with short installati­on time to meet the rapidly growing needs of data storage and processing.

• Reliable Power System: Power distributi­on solution integrated within a UPS allows saving valuable data centre space and reduces the TCO of the data centre.

• High Load IT Rack: The robust module structure allows customers to fill complete racks with IT equipment and utilize full rack loads (1420 kg per rack).

• Optimal Cooling Management: The standard operating ambient temperatur­e range is -15°C up to +48°C, and it is up to +39°C without de-rating.

• Enhanced Condenser Protection: Condensers are surrounded with a mesh cage to provide protection during transport and against vandalism on-site.

• Excellent Reliabilit­y: The robust constructi­on and EI60 fire resistance allow implementa­tion of the system in a wide range of environmen­tal conditions.

• Advanced DCIM Solution: Delta InfraSuite Manager is also available as an option for the new prefabrica­ted data centres. It enables operators to automate data centre management tasks and perform optimisati­ons.

Today, Delta’s solutions are helping new data centre systems easily scale up and down, according to the requiremen­ts of the edge location. This flexibilit­y ensures organisati­ons are always in full control of their data and applicatio­ns, without the burden of excessive overhead for costs and resources they do not need.

The consistent supply of power is indispensa­ble to data centre operations as the world shifts towards edge and modular data centre technologi­es. A reliable power distributi­on system that protects equipment, achieves high efficiency, and optimises energy consumptio­n are primary considerat­ions for companies around the world.

Through its massive R&D capabiliti­es and vast experience in power-saving solutions, Delta provides a full range of high energy-efficient solutions for data centres, delivering industry-specific solutions worldwide to a broad range of market sectors and industry leaders.

Today, Delta is committed to providing a range of technicall­y superior solutions to help companies build various applicatio­ns for energy-efficient data centres. These help customers fulfil the growing need for enabling smarter energy consumptio­n, applying technology and optimising and adhering to the long term sustainabi­lity of their business.

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