Stratus’ General Availability of the 2nd Generation ztC Edge Platforms Delivers More Flexibility and Performance to the Edge

By Craig Resnick

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Company and Product News

Stratus Technologies announced the general availability and shipping of its Stratus ztC Edge 200i and 250i platforms. The 2nd generation ztC Edge delivers up to 2X the performance over its prior generation and continues to combine built-in application virtualization, fault tolerance, and zero- touch operation to help enable digital transformation at the edge.

Both the ztC Edge 200i and 250i are available for shipping and may be ordered through Stratus’ network of Authorized Partners and distributors.

The ztC Edge platform is designed to be a rugged, secure, highly automated Edge Computing platform that helps to protect and deliver critical applications more quickly, reliably, and efficiently in distributed, under-resourced locations, supporting increased operational efficiency and a reduction or elimination of unplanned downtime.

Purpose-built for operational technology (OT) while meeting many standard IT performance and security requirements, ztC Edge can more quickly be installed at a single location or across multiple locations without the need for specialized IT skills. The platform is suited for running critical applications and building Smart Machines in industries, such as Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Food & Beverage, and others where data loss and unplanned downtime are unacceptable.

2nd Generation Platform Key Features

Second generation ztC Edge users can benefit from:

  • Greater CPU power – up to 10 Intel Xeon cores to process larger workloads, more thin clients, and more complex applications 
  • Incorporation of ECC memory – support for ECC memory that has been better optimized for critical applications and data
  • Upgrade to NVMe storage – support for faster and more advanced NVMe storage, up to 2 TB, helping to enable local or on-machine historians
  • More flexible deployment – ability to deploy ztC Edge and more easily pair additional ztC Edge platforms later to add capacity as well as high availability or fault tolerance, offering greater supply chain flexibility for both VARs and end users

The 2nd generation platforms also carry UL Class I Div 2 certification and IP40 ratings, making them well suited for industrial environments. These new platforms are designed based on ISA/IEC 62443 security standards and continue to enable OT and IT convergence with simpler plug-n-play deployment and self-monitoring maintenance to help reduce the need for IT support.

Craig Resnick, ARC Advisory Group, commented, “Despite the growing convergence of OT and IT, Edge Computing platforms used in industrial applications typically remain under the day-to-day jurisdiction of OT teams, whose expertise is installing, operating, and servicing automation equipment, not IT. This is why the market requires zero-touch Edge Computing platforms. The 2nd generation ztC Edge addresses the market need for more powerful, fault tolerant Edge Computing that runs continuously without the need of IT personnel. This enables users to accelerate their digital transformation journey at the edge while providing tremendous savings in time and personnel costs and reducing unscheduled downtime.”

 

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