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StorMagic launches “Branch in a Box” solution to simplify computing for the Edge

Mon 26 Mar 2018

Ready-to-deploy bundle includes hardware from APC by Schneider Electric and Dell/ EMC, with virtualization software needed to power, process and store mission-critical information

BRISTOL and LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – 21st March, 2018StorMagic®, a leading provider of highly available storage solutions for edge data centres, has today announced the availability of its new “Branch in a Box” integrated micro data centre solution designed specifically for hyperconverged and edge computing environments.

“Branch in a Box” enables organisations to adopt a simple and highly energy-efficient IT solution, which is optimised and ready for rapid deployment on-site. Its ‘plug and play’, pre-integrated architecture creates a reliable and robust environment to leverage the best of on-premise and multi-cloud infrastructures. All pre-integration between key components is delivered through UK distributor Exertis, prior to shipping.

“StorMagic and APC by Schneider Electric’s ‘Branch in a Box’ is a great example of two companies coming together to solve a growing customer problem,” said  John Glendenning, SVP sales and business development of StorMagic. “Organisations needing simple, low-cost IT solutions to run their businesses at the edge of the enterprise now have an option that requires minimal resource to deploy and manage, whilst significantly improving uptime.”

The complete solution from StorMagic and APC utlises key components from APC by Schneider Electric’s data centre infrastructure portfolio including its physical enclosure, UPS, PDU, cooling, environmental monitoring and security and management software. “Branch in a Box” also includes redundant hyper-converged appliances based on Dell/ EMC servers, VMware hypervisor and virtual SAN software from StorMagic. This pre-configured, ready-to-use bundle delivers a simple, turn-key solution to consolidate and run mission-critical applications at remote and branch offices (ROBO), in retail outlets and SME data centres.

“Branch in a Box” is designed specifically to address the challenges of edge computing, where typically the availability of IT budgets and IT personnel are constrained. By creating a cost-effective, integrated bundle comprising rack, power, servers, storage, networking and management software, the complexities of installation and management are eliminated.

By working with StorMagic as an Alliance Partner, APC can ensure customers benefit from the highest level of expertise when adopting hyper-converged, edge computing solutions to meet the demands of today’s distributed IT environments.” said Lee Griffiths, Infrastructure Solutions Manager, APC by Schneider Electric. “Branch in a Box is an excellent response to customer demand for rapid, low-cost and resilient data centre infrastructure at the Edge.”

The primary benefits for ROBO, retail outlets and SME data centres include:

  • All hardware components included – ready to power up:
    • Physical enclosure, UPS, PDU, Cooling, environmental monitoring and Security and Management Software.
    • Two Dell/ EMC servers including system memory, disk drives and/ or solid-state disks
    • Two Dell EMC N1500 network switches
  • All operational software pre-installed and ready to boot:
    • VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor
    • StorMagic SvSAN software, including mirroring for high-availability

Pricing and Availability

This simple “Branch in a Box” bundle is available now in the UK from Exertis. For more information please visit StorMagic in stand D364 at Data Centre World, London on the 21st and 22nd March, 2018, to find out more.

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