Mr. Mutlu, ONCITE earned first place in the Technology Innovation category of the Innovation Champions Award 2020. The panel of judges declared the product a lighthouse solution for German industry. What is ONCITE?
It is a data centre that is set up inside a factory, can be scaled to requirements and boasts high availability. It features a real-time capable cloud stack and a pre-installed, extendable portfolio of applications, for instance for processing and analysing industry data. It is located precisely where huge volumes of data are generated at a digital factory – in production.
Market researchers estimate that the global volume of data will rise to 175 zettabytes in 2025. Some 80 per cent of that is being generated by growing digitalization in companies and a third of that data will need to be processed in real time. In highly automated production environments, the volumes of data are usually too large to be transferred raw to a far-off data centre – as usually happens. Moreover, the latency times associated with data transfer are simply too long for applications that are configured for real-time capability. By contrast, ONCITE is located directly on-site in production and it is this close physical proximity that makes real-time data processing and analysis possible. The solution stores and processes data virtually in real time and in production. It also harmonises the data for AI-based analyses, for example. The advantages of the cloud are thus combined with benefits for aspects such as data protection, autonomy, latency times and energy consumption.