SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Aquila, in partnership with TAS Energy, Inc. of Houston, Texas, today announced a liquid-cooled edge data center co-development program featuring the first ruggedized modular edge data center developed around the Aquarius™ liquid cooled compute platform. This platform combines TAS's industry-leading efficient modular data centers with Aquarius's liquid cooled compute, switching, and storage to address the need for small modular data centers. The program's first product, code name Herma, provides the industry's most energy efficient and compact edge data center solution. All products resulting from this partnership will feature extreme density, enhanced reliability, unparalleled ease of use, robustness, and enhanced security at the edge. Herma is intended to be the first in a series of modular data centers, which will be expanded to include additional racks with more compute power in a larger form factor. All of the units will be ruggedized, allowing computing assets to be deployed anywhere computing resources are needed. "The Herma is a small, 8'x8' data center that packs an incredible amount of liquid cooled computing and features state-of-the-art storage and network bandwidth based on highly reliable and well-understood HPC computer, storage, and network architecture," said Bob Bolz, HPC and Data Center Business development at Aquila. "Aquarius racks provide high speed computing and tuned storage while saving an average of 250,000 kW hrs/yr and reducing the heat profile by as much as 30% in this application." Each 8'x8' modular unit can provide 1584 E5-2600V4 compute cores, 9.2 TB of aggregate DDR4 RAM, and as much as 6.4 PB of storage, delivering 200 GB/sec or more of bandwidth, depending upon the storage technology the customer desires. Individual customers' needs for storage space and bandwidth will dictate the computer solutions provided by Aquila. Herma storage is built on Scalable Informatics' STAC benchmark-setting Unison technology. HDD, SSD, or hybrid storage configurations can be tuned to the particular application presented by the customer.