Storage giant Western Digital (opens in new tab) (WD) has launched its Ultrastar Edge series of rugged servers aimed at bringing core computing infrastructure closer to the edge.
According to WD, the new servers are designed for 5G (opens in new tab), Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing (opens in new tab) deployments, and can process data even in remote deployments with no network connectivity.
Ultrastar Edge is WD’s response to the growing demand for “distributed intelligent architectures” to help collect and process data at the edge.
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"The growth in data creation at the edge, the opportunities to extract value from that data, and the total available markets and customers innovating and doing work at the edge, gives us a great opportunity for our new Ultrastar Edge server family,” said Kurt Chan, vice president, data center platforms at Western Digital.
The Ultrastar Edge servers support up to two 2nd generation Intel Xeon (opens in new tab) scalable processors, a Nvidia T4 GPU and eight Ultrastar NVMe SSDs (opens in new tab) for up to 61TB of storage.
The servers also include two 50Gb or one 100Gb Ethernet connection for ferrying the processed data back to the customer’s data center or cloud when connected.
The new line of servers come in a tamper-evident enclosure that is built as per the FIPS 140-2 Level 2 security standard.
There’s also a military-spec ruggedized version, the Ultrastar Edge-MR, which is designed for use in extreme environments and can withstand shocks, vibrations, and even electromagnetic interference.
WD has announced that the Ultrastar Edge servers will be available in Q4 2021, although there’s no pricing information available currently.
Notably, the WD launch comes a few months after Oracle announced a similar offering in the form of their Roving Edge Infrastructure (opens in new tab) devices, which they offer on a subscription basis.
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