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Stratus® ztC™ Edge

Zero touch computing for your critical edge applications

Companies undergoing digital transformation are finding it difficult to upgrade computing infrastructure at the edge of their corporate networks.
Why? Harsh environmental conditions, and the lack of skilled resources, make deploying, managing, and maintaining computers at remote plants or branch offices especially challenging.

As more data gets generated by Internet connected devices and processed at these edge locations, companies need advanced computing infrastructure that’s simple to use, easy to protect, and more autonomous.

ztC Edge is the answer

ztC Edge is a secure, rugged, highly automated computing platform that helps understaffed organizations improve productivity, increase operational efficiency, and reduce downtime risk at the edge of their corporate networks.

Designed for both OT (operational technology) and IT (information technology), ztC Edge is easy to deploy and secure, easy to locally and remotely manage, and easy to maintain and service. Self-monitoring, self-protecting, and self-synchronizing, ztC Edge saves companies time and money. With its built-in virtualization, automated protection, industrial interoperability, OT manageability, and field serviceability, ztC Edge enables the quick, easy delivery of both highly available and fault tolerant virtualized edge applications.

ztC Edge 110i system

Key Benefit

  • Greater efficiency: With built-in virtualization host, industrial interoperability, and field serviceability, ztC Edge simplifies and shortens the time it takes to deploy, manage and maintain your critical edge applications, saving you time and effort.
  • Simplified security: With restricted USB ports, secure communication protocols, secure and trusted boot, role based access controls, and easy-to-configure host-based firewall, you don’t need to be a security expert to secure your ztC Edge platform.
  • Less downtime: ztC Edge’s self-monitoring and self-protecting features help reduce unplanned downtime. Because its operating environment can be updated while it’s still running (without requiring a system reboot), customers experience less planned downtime also.
  • More flexibility: ztC Edge’s rugged, compact, industrial form factor performs equally well in the control room, control panel, or shop floor, giving customers more choice. Its automated capabilities make it suitable for unmanned stations, or remote, decentralized locations with limited resources.
Automated recovery

Key features

Stratus ztC Edge is a secure, rugged, highly automated computing platform that enables the rapid and efficient delivery of reliable business-critical applications in remote, understaffed locations at the edge of corporate networks. Features like its built-in virtualization, simplified security, industrial interoperability, OT manageability, rugged redundant nodes, automated protection, field serviceability, and complementary services, help companies increase productivity, while minimizing downtime risk.

Built in virtualization: ztC Edge ships with its own operating environment called Stratus Redundant Linux. It contains a virtualization host that supports both Windows and Linux guest operating systems, and OVF files and OVA images, including third party templates. An intuitive management console makes it easy for local and remote staff to set up, configure, import and manage their virtual machines.

Simplified security: ztC Edge is designed to help OT more easily secure their edge computing environment. A host-based firewall, restricted USB ports, role-based access controls with Active Directory integration, secure communications protocols, and secure and trusted boot, all work together to minimize your security exposure.

Industrial interoperability: ztC Edge supports common OT and IT protocols, making integration into existing industrial automation environments easier. SNMP requests and traps can be used to configure notifications and alarms. Customers can use OPC UA attributes, or a REST API, to present relevant system data within most third party systems management tools and dashboards.

OT manageability: ztC Edge ships with its own tool, the ztC Edge Console, that simplifies system and software management. With it, administrators can remotely access their systems, set thresholds and alerts, check for updates, backup and restore system settings and preferences, and easily manage their VMs.

Simplified security

Rugged redundant nodes: Designed for the harsh conditions typically found in industrial locations, ztC Edge nodes can be deployed in the control room, control panel, or on the shop floor, closer to your devices that are generating data. More durable than standard servers or workstations, ztC Edge offers customers greater reliability and deployment flexibility.

Automated protection: When deployed as a redundant pair, ztC Edge provides instant protection for your workloads. Data is automatically replicated across nodes. VMs running on one node will automatically restart (High Availability mode) or resume (Fault Tolerant mode) on the other in the event of a failure. If ztC Edge detects a networking or disk failure on one node, it automatically re-routes traffic or uses data on the other node, without any operator intervention. Nodes can even be deployed across physical distances, for automated local site recovery.

Field serviceability: When deployed as a redundant pair, ztC Edge nodes are hot-swappable and auto-synchronizing, making field repairs quick and easy. Maintenance or repairs on individual nodes can be done to a running system (without a system reboot) to help ensure service continuity. This allows system repair to be planned and completed when its convenient for OT or IT staff.

Customizable availability levels

Complementary services

Available with ztC Edge are system health monitoring and managed support services, that help ensure critical workloads continue to run with minimal customer effort. Stratus takes care of your ztC Edge systems so that you don’t have to, letting you focus on more value-added activities. Also available are Stratus Cloud, secure access to a cloud-based storage facility, and ztC Advisor, a web-based tool for monitoring and managing multiple ztC Edge platforms.

Support Services

Service level Feature
System Support 24/7/365 web or phone support with 30 minute critical response SLA
Advance parts exchange
Root cause problem determination
Software updates and upgrades
Secure access to self-service portal
System Health Everything in System Support
24/7/365 remote health monitoring
Alert triage
System log file review
Predictive failure analysis
Media retention

Stratus Cloud: Secure, cloud based repository for customers to safely transmit, store, and retrieve their ztC Edge platform preference templates for simplified backup and restore, and scalable provisioning. Automatically authenticates users and groups using the same credentials specified in their Customer Service portal account.

ztC Advisor: A systems management solution that anyone can use, ztC Advisor simplifies the centralized monitoring and management of multiple edge computing platforms. Through a secure web-based portal, customers can quickly and easily view the health and utilization of their entire ztC Edge inventory, helping them remotely triage issues, improve productivity, and mitigate risk.

Other edge computing solutions

In addition to ztC Edge, Stratus offers ftServer, a rack mount fault tolerant server that’s designed to run larger scale tier 1 mission critical workloads. Supporting 30+ VMs, ftServer delivers continuously available manufacturing operations and centralized control applications. For more information about ftServer, please visit stratus.com/ftserver

Technical specifications

ztC Edge is available in two models, the 100i and 110i. Both systems are IP40 rated, can be wall or DIN rail mounted, and offer a fan-less, solid state design. The 110i is a more powerful system, to support larger, FT workloads, and those applications requiring more storage.

  ztC Edge 100i ztC Edge 110i
Compute Intel i7-6700TE, 2.4 GHz, 8 MB cache, 4 HT cores Intel i7-8700T, 2.4 GHz, 12 MB cache, 6 HT cores
Memory 32 GB DDR4 2400 64 GB DDR4 2400
Storage 512 GB SSD 2 TB SSD
Networking 2 x 1 GbE (for a-links)
2 x 1 GbE (for plant networks)
2 x 10 GbE (for a-links)
6 x 1 GbE (for plant networks)
Operating Temperature1 –40 to 60 °C (–40 to 140 °F) –20 to 55 °C (–4 to 131 °F)
Humidity 10 – 95% (non-condensing) 10 – 95% (non-condensing)
Shock and vibration 50G, 11 ms
3 Grms @ 5 – 500 Hz
50G, 11 ms
3 Grms @ 5 – 500 Hz
Input power2 9 – 36V (DC) 24V ± 5% (DC)
Dimensions 280 x 190 x 76 mm
(11.02 x 7.48 x 2.99 in)
280 x 210 x 87 mm
(11.02 x 8.26 x 3.42 in)
Weight 4.6 kgs / 9.2 kgs
(10.1 lbs / 20.2 lbs)
6.1 kgs / 12.2 kgs
(13.5 lbs / 27.0 lbs)
Availability support High availability Fault tolerance and high availability
Certifications FCC, CE and others3 Class I Division 2 FCC, CE and others3
Host OS support Stratus Redundant Linux4 Stratus Redundant Linux4
Guest OS support Windows and Linux5 Windows and Linux5

1 Operating temperature ranges listed are for DC power. When AC power is used (using the supplied adapters), the recommended range for both the 100i and 110i is 0 to 50 °C (32 to 122 °F).
2 The supplied AC Adapter (100-240V, 1.8A, 50-60Hz) may also be used.
3 https://www.stratus.com/services-support/customer-support/platform-support/ztc-edge-certification/
4 https://www.stratus.com/services-support/customer-support/platform-support/ztc-edge-host-operating-system-support/
5 https://www.stratus.com/services-support/customer-support/platform-support/ztc-edge-guest-operating-system-support/

For more information

For more information about ztC Edge, and other reliable industrial computing solutions from Stratus, please contact your local sales representative, or visit stratus.com/ztc-edge

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