NTT Data & Schneider Electric Leverage 5G to Boost AI

Both NTT Data and Schneider Electric will aim to meet ever-growing demands from organisations who are looking to leverage edge compute to support automation and enable data-driven decision making
NTT Data and Schneider Electric announced a partnership at MWC that aims to see them drive AI innovation that integrates 5G, IoT and modular data centres

A partnership between NTT Data and Schneider Electric aims to co-innovate a solution that combines Edge, Private 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and modular data centres to better enable connectivity anywhere.

Schneider Electric in particular has been keen to continue optimising AI within data centres, in order to get customers better connected. The joint offering introduces a unique solution to support the compute demands of gen AI applications that are deployed at the edge. It will combine NTT Data’s Edge as a Service, which includes fully managed Edge to Cloud, Private 5G and IoT capabilities, with Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure.

The goal of both companies is to better support the demand of AI applications at the edge, allowing organisations to better upgrade their existing data centre infrastructure.

Working to expand Gen AI applications with Private 5G

EcoStruxure is a modular data centre that fuses OT solutions with the latest IT technologies, seeking to maximise energy efficiency and further meet the demands of compute-intensive tasks such as machine vision, predictive maintenance and other AI inferencing applications at the edge.

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“We've listened to our customers and know that processing vast amounts of data generated by edge devices is where the future of digital transformation lies. That's why we're excited to announce that we have the solution to meet these obstacles and are ready to lead the way towards a more connected and efficient digital world,” says Shahid Ahmed, EVP New Ventures, and Innovation at NTT Ltd.

“We are thrilled at the prospect of what our continued collaboration with Schneider Electric means for the industrial and other sectors,” he adds.

With this new solution, customers of both organisations can now implement a complete solution, which includes edge data centres tailored for digital transformation in more remote locations. 

Both NTT Data and Schneider Electric will aim to meet ever-growing demands from organisations who are looking to leverage edge compute to support automation and enable data-driven decision making. According to NTT DATA’s Edge Advantage report, nearly 70% of enterprises are accelerating edge adoption to solve critical business challenges.

Leveraging IoT and 5G to gain valuable AI insights

NTT Data and Schneider Electric originally co-invested to test the power of Private 5G networks, working to leverage Private 5G with IoT connectivity, edge analytics and predictive analytics to drive greater energy efficiency and achieve further sustainability goals.

In order to profit from AI insights, both companies suggest that businesses must now invest in digital resources at the edge.

“After leveraging NTT DATA’s expertise in Private 5G connectivity and then maximising synergies with our EcoStruxure architecture in our facilities, it’s time to expand our collaboration and bring a complete solution to industrial customers,” says Rob McKernan, President, Cloud & Service Provider Segment at Schneider Electric. 

“Together, we aim to assist global clients in adopting connected devices, specialised industrial solutions and the right edge computing infrastructure with modular data centres to gain valuable data insights, particularly in the context of IoT and emerging AI requirements.”

Innovations on Display at Mobile World Congress

NTT DATA and Schneider Electric have been in attendance at MWC Barcelona 2024 to demonstrate how edge and private 5G are transforming industries.

Data Centre Magazine is at MWC Barcelona 2024 to cover further announcements from some of the leading technology companies


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