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Rittal and ABB enhance digitalization in industrial applications partnership

March 6, 2019
Both companies provide industrial-grade edge data center solutions for industrial customers who need to deploy IT capacity close to their operations.

Rittal and ABB's global strategic partnership to provide edge data center solutions for industrial organizations continues to grow, highlighting how new technology is pushing machines smarts to the edge.

The strategic partnership covers various solutions and services including those for uninterruptible power supply (UPS), secure edge data center solutions with fire protection, edge data centers for OEM manufacturers, scalable modular data centers as well as new power container solutions. ABB recently showed its commitment to software solutions for digital industries with its partnership with Dassault Systèmes.

Rittal and ABB's prefabricated data center solutions like the recently launched Secure Edge Data Center (SEDC) with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) – are built for harsh industrial environments to help digitalize operations, which will allow customers to run enterprise-grade IT in close proximity to their operational technology environments, machines and equipment to enable low-latency, secure and reliable digital processes.

"We are excited to extend our partnership with ABB and HPE to deliver a cost-effective and resilient secure edge data center solution that can operate in harsh, uncontrolled environments where IT applications were not originally intended to operate," said Mike Freund, managing director for the U.S. at Rittal. "This partnership allows customers to roll in a complete data center solution that can easily scale in size or be replicated globally for a consistent user experience."

Rittal’s and ABB’s global strategic alliance was originally announced at DataCloud Europe 2018. Both companies aim to expand their solutions approach for modular, secure and high-availability data center infrastructure, primarily in North and South America, Asia and Europe.

"ABB has supplied UPS systems and electrical distribution solutions to Rittal for some time already and both companies agreed to deepen their partnership on an international level to support their growth strategies in the last few years," said Lara Cortinovis, global product group manager power protection at ABB. "Rittal not only deploys ABB UPS systems as part of their data center solutions but also leverages local ABB services to strengthen sales activities and services in local markets."

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