Eaton, a global vendor, and provider of power management solutions is partnering with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics (FER) of the University of Zagreb to develop micro data center solutions. The main goal of this collaboration is to enable data centers with one to ten racks to get more value from their IT infrastructure, at a significantly lower cost and without the complexity of traditional solutions.
Lower cost and simple infrastructure
Their joint initiative is called the IDEAS (Immersive Data Center Exploration and Supervision) project which is financially supported by the European Union. The faculty is working with a panel of Eaton partners and customers on small data center solutions. Some key customers have tested AR prototypes built by the University of Zagreb under an initial pilot project.
Eric Rueda, Software and Connectivity commercial leader at Eaton, said,
“The IDEAS project offers an innovative and competitive solution at a time when the number of data centers in Europe is rapidly increasing due to the ‘cloudification’ of enterprise IT. Due to emerging technologies such as IoT and 5G, the number of very small data centers, also known as Edge IT, will only increase further. New and existing data centers need to be monitored and managed to ensure business continuity. The IDEAS project is working with our customers and partners to develop solutions to real market challenges by giving data center teams easy access to infrastructure management tools and functions through a service-based business model.”
IDEAS project is based on the idea that Augmented Reality (AR) data center managers have the potential to help them to manage their IT infrastructure quickly and remotely, at times when qualified personnel are physically unable or difficult to access the infrastructure.