eSite x10: Revolutionary hybrid power system unveiled
Flexenclosure, a global leader in intelligent power management systems for the ICT industry, has unveiled its revolutionary new hybrid power system for telecom sites – the eSite x10. eSite x10 will provide towercos (mobile phone tower companies) and mobile operators a sustained advantage in terms of the highest possible uptime and the lowest possible site power costs.
eSite x10 is the world’s first hybrid power system purpose-built for outdoor telecom sites and to outdoor telecom standards. It is a patented, sealed tamper-proof unit with passive convection cooling, no filters, no moving parts and it requires no maintenance.
Flexenclosure is an industry leader in the hybrid power system market, having deployed several thousand eSite systems in Africa and Asia. Three years in development, eSite x10 has been purpose-built from the ground up to withstand the operational challenges that have been the downfall of nigh on all of the hybrid power implementations around the world to date.
“eSite x10 is like no other hybrid power system available today and its launch is a ground-breaking moment in the industry’s history,” said David King, CEO, Flexenclosure. “Until now, hybrid power systems for off-grid or bad-grid telecom sites have been built using indoor components and deployed in outdoor locations where they are exposed to the most challenging environmental extremes imaginable.”
“These systems weren’t fit for purpose and they were highly unreliable. eSite x10 has been developed to overcome these operational issues and is, quite simply, the future of hybrid power.”
Some of eSite x10’s key innovations include:
- IP65 sealed and ruggedized to withstand the harshest operating environments as well as potential tampering.
- Tested and certified to the strictest CE and ETSI requirements.
- Patented protective soft power switching between grid and gensets.
- Single unit preconfigured to handle all site types greatly simplifies deployment planning and compact form factor allows unit to be hand carried to site.
- Preconfigured for up to three tenants with separate load measurement.
- Fully integrated eSite Tools suite provides reliable network data for highest sustained performance.
- Delivers 24/7 uptime and industry leading OPEX reduction.
GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”