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Edge Computing

Edge computing allows companies to move applications, services and data storage from central locations to the edge of their networks. The edge data centre distributes the IT infrastructure to where it is needed.

Server cabinets for decentralised data processing

– SCHÄFER IT-Systems edge computing

In order to guarantee transmission in the millisecond range as the amount of data increases, data centres should (theoretically) not be far away. In many places, however, this is not possible. Edge computing aims to bring data processing closer. Edge data centres are decentralised IT locations at the edge of a network.

With compute and storage, you have a largely virtual network.

SCHÄFER IT-Systems' products offer you the perfect option for setting up an internal MDC network. The micro data centre network can be expanded at any time during ongoing operation as digitised data volumes increase. Standardised edge computing solutions give you the flexibility to protect applications from failure and increase reliability and performance.

Edge computing: Products at a glance

Edge Computing

The path to the future

SCHÄFER IT-Systems offers you an edge data centre with IT infrastructure from a single source. The high-quality products are already leading the way with their environmentally friendly cooling system. The energy supply, monitoring and security systems also involve high-end technology.

In addition to a short delivery time and high availability, SCHÄFER IT-Systems offers you a comprehensive range of services. From planning and installation tocommissioning and maintenance, we make your edge computing an economical and sustainable solution.

Accepting challenges

Finding solutions

Innovative products from SCHÄFER IT-Systems can help you find solutions for difficult tasks. Our products are not only aimed at large companies, but also at smaller businesses. Design your data centre of the future together with SCHÄFER IT-Systems – optimally set up for your requirements.

Eight central aspects of edge computing


The edge of the network directly on site

Make use of the advantages of edge computing exactly where they are needed. IT solutions from SCHÄFER IT-Systems already offer in just a single rack exactly what an entire data centre provides in terms of basic technology, such as cooling and fire protection.


Put into operation immediately

The solutions from SCHÄFER IT-Systems can be put into operation immediately. Cooling, power supply, monitoring and security are all already pre-installed in racks.


No more unused capacities

Operating a large data centre often entails cost-intensive overcapacity. With the standard solutions from SCHÄFER IT-Systems, you can fully adapt your edge computing infrastructure to the amount of data.


Environmentally friendly cooling technology

No use of refrigerants that are harmful to the environment. The cooling products focus on the benefits of green IT, and use 100% environmentally friendly drinking water. The highly efficient cooling capacity is consequently not lost.


Secured power supply

Like a conventional data centre, the edge computing solutions from SCHÄFER IT-Systems also have efficient UPS solutions. Around 15 minutes of backup time at 100% utilisation does not pose a problem.


Fire protection at a high-end level

When it comes to an emergency, time is the most important resource. Products from SCHÄFER IT-Systems use integrated fire detection, including their own extinguishing system. Thanks to the integrated rechargeable battery, the system also works in the event of a power failure.


Economic operation

Low installation costs, low supply costs and little space required on site – these are just a few of the cost benefits. Products from SCHÄFER IT-Systems also score points with low maintenance costs and high durability.


Protect data from unauthorised access

Solutions from SCHÄFER IT-Systems are equipped with the SCHÄFER e-lock RFID stand-alone system (type 1 and 2) or wireless system. Unauthorised persons have no possibility of accessing your edge computing system.

Edge system


  1. Rack: IS-1 IP54 stable rack, maximum load 1800 kg, ensures maximum stability, flexibility and security
  2. Cooling: Reliable air conditioning with natural refrigerant. This ensures compliance with legal requirements (F-Gas Regulation).
  3. Power supply (UPS): Compact 19" online UPS with 15 min of backup time at 100% load supplies the components in case of emergency
  4. Power distribution (Powerbox): 19" Powerbox distributes the power to the consumers in the rack for maximum security
  5. Power distribution (rack PDUs): Two independent rack PDUs supply redundant servers.
  6. Security: RFID/wireless door locking system enables partial access authorisation/control from anywhere.
  7. Monitoring: Monitoring of all important parameters via an open interface supports easy installation and operation
  8. Early fire detection with extinguishing system: 19" extinguishing system with integrated rechargeable battery monitors the system even in the event of a power failure

Advantages of an edge data centre

You can benefit from an edge data centre in many ways. Cost savings and improved security are optimised. The bandwidth required for the transmission of large amounts of data is reduced. Data is processed or even stored directly in the vicinity of the application.

Cost saving

This reduces the need for expensive investments in network infrastructure. And the latencies that can occur when sending data over long distances is hardly a factor either – processing in real time.

Increased security

In addition, your company can distribute sensitive data across multiple locations via edge data centres in conjunction with central data centres. Security is increased as it becomes more difficult to access large amounts of data.

Easy to integrate

A hybrid IT infrastructure consisting of central data centres and edge computing takes advantage of distributed computing resources and enables the use of optimal IT functionality. Edge data centres can be integrated into any of your facilities. Separate edge data centres can be set up, from a subsidiary to the head office.

Long waiting times?

Edge computing is the solution

A long waiting time can be detrimental in many ways, especially in the environment of real-time transmissions, such as autonomous driving. Due to high latency and slower data transport, a longer response time is required so that IT applications cannot be used.

Is a decentralised edge data centre the appropriate solution?

Through this shift to distributed data processing, latencies are reduced and the performance of end users is improved.

Our recommendation: Establish a hybrid IT infrastructure consisting of central data centres and decentralised edge locations.

Dynamic robustness

The performance promise of the data centre solutions from SCHÄFER IT-Systems

We offer different server racks for the optimal solution according to your application. The IS-1 Edge Rack is a compact single-cabinet solution with 25 or 30 usable rack units. The IS-1 Edge Row type 2type 3 and type 4 server cabinets are suitable for up to 155 usable rack units as two-, three- and four-cabinet solutions. All server cabinets comply with protection class IP54.

For further information on performance, ventilation, cabinet size, etc., please refer to the detailed product pages or feel free to contact us for personal advice.

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Why are server racks necessary for edge computing?

Due to increasing digitisation, data volumes are also growing exponentially. Real-time transmission is becoming increasingly important here. Transmission paths are becoming shorter, increasing the need for decentralised IT locations. In order to meet the security requirements of the various applications, the latencies must be low. The requirements of an intelligent IT infrastructure are therefore growing. It should be secure and robust, and yet flexible and scalable, i.e. "dynamic". The standardisation of IT infrastructures is also becoming increasingly important, as standardised solutions are available more quickly and can be certified.

Is power-intensive use possible over any distance?

In conventional data centres, these processes take place at one location. Data must be transported over a longer distance. Only then can the computing process begin in a central data centre. Once the calculations are complete, the data must take the long way back.  

The resources at the edge of a network are much closer than distant central data centres. Computing processes can be carried out directly on site in an edge data centre. In this way, you can shorten response times and reduce the costs of transmitting large amounts of data over long distances. 

By using an edge data centre, you can also use the local IT infrastructure for data-intensive applications that require fast access. 

The use of other computing capacities of the edge network is also not excluded. This means that the services of a large, central data centre are also available to you at all times. In summary, the hybrid IT network represents a secure and redundant mix of decentralisation and centralisation.

Edge computing gives you more agility and flexibility in responding to users' IT needs. By distributing data processing across multiple locations, you can quickly increase or decrease performance depending on user needs. 

You can make improvements to existing processes without the need for additional resources. Stay competitive and flexible in a constantly changing market.

How is an edge data centre established?

The edge data centre systems from SCHÄFER IT-Systems are flexible micro data centres built from prefabricated, modular units. Coordinated components such as the rack, cooling, uninterruptible power supply, power distribution, early fire detection, security and monitoring are provided as a compact cell solution in the shortest possible time.

SCHÄFER IT-Systems attaches great importance to performance, energy efficiency, flexibility and environmental friendliness. Our products from the in-house data centre brand iQdata offer you precisely these features. 

Simple to complex cooling systems not only make your edge data centre energy-efficient. They also work in a cost-saving way with high-end technology, and are environmentally friendly at the same time. 

Extensive flexibility lets you scale your edge data centre in situ as needed. If necessary, you can adjust your capacities during ongoing operation. Products from SCHÄFER IT-Systems are delivered within a few weeks and can be individually adapted to your requirements.

The infrastructure connections, such as electricity and air conditioning, are made on site after the modules have been assembled. We make sure that all components can communicate properly with each other. This way, you can expand your IT infrastructure without having to invest in a conventional data centre infrastructure. 

How does commissioning work?

Commissioning a prefabricated unit from iQdata proves more economical than building a larger facility, i.e. a central data centre. Scalability ensures that you can react quickly to the ever-changing needs of your users.

Using edge computing technologies allows you to maintain a secure infrastructure while significantly increasing performance at the same time. Your investment costs are significantly reduced compared to a central data centre.

An edge data centre offers you the ideal platform for distributed data processing at the edge of networks. Make use of these advantages to increase your productivity.

From commissioning to acceptance and maintenance – SCHÄFER IT-Systems is the right contact for you when it comes to edge data centres. Arrange a personal consultation with our experts today. We look forward to seeing you!

What is an edge server?

An edge server is a computer server located at the edge of a network. It serves as a bridge between a local network and the Internet. Decentralised placement enables faster data transmission and a shorter latency.

What is IoT Edge?

IoT Edge, also known as edge computing in the Internet of Things (IoT), refers to processing data close to the source. Not all data is sent to a central cloud or server infrastructure – rather, the computing power is locally distributed.

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