Edge Infrastructures: What You Need to Know About Edge Computing
Hewlett Packard Enterprise conducted exclusive research which found that organizations are only just beginning to realize the potential of edge initiatives through pilot projects and proof of concepts.
As you continue your edge computing journey, keep these four aspects in mind.
Factor No. 1: Edge computing and cloud computing complement each other.
There is a common myth about the edge that it will somehow displace cloud computing. However, the two should work in harmony. A synchronized cloud and decentralized edge are assumed in smart strategies. Cloud computing, whether public, hybrid, or private, allows you to centralize your data and use it whenever and wherever needed across your enterprise.
With the edge, you can maximize the speed and insight of your data. Data can be sent to the edge and retrieved quickly, or even better, it can be used at the point of creation. Using real-time analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and rapid decision-making, incremental value can be created for applications and use cases. Making time-sensitive decisions on the spot is made easier with real-time data.
Factor 2: IoT convergence and integration lead to many innovative applications.
Although edge use cases are diverse, the benefits are consistently focused on creating operational efficiencies and speed that are essential for creating new and innovative business models for competitive differentiation. Based on Grand View Research’s projection, the market for edge computing technology will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 38.4% between 2021 and 2028.
HPE customers have used the following real-world scenarios:
At Disney Parks, we enable immersive experiences. Michael Tschanz, Disney Parks’ director of engineering and technology analysis, says, “There is often a discussion about whether you should do more locally or more in the cloud. As we’ve learned, it’s not just about doing one or the other; it’s about finding a hybrid approach. It involves selecting the right application or solution.
KEMET Electronics is modernizing IT to drive digital transformation and IoT innovation. Chris Hall, senior vice president of IT and CIO at KEMET, notes that “a lot of the things that we’ve been able to do are because of cloud computing and network infrastructure that support edge-to-cloud environments like ours.”. Internet of Things is one of the biggest items impacting our business to date. In the next few years, we will be able to save eight-figures. With the projects we have already implemented, the underlying technology has already been paid for in the first year of existence, and the rest is just savings potential for the foreseeable future.”
Texmark is using the industrial Internet of things to innovate.
Factor No. 3: Scaling edge innovation requires a cohesive data strategy.
Data and infrastructure management is the key to a successful edge strategy. Edge computing is being driven by the massive amount of data generated outside the data center. It is not necessary to store and forward all of this data. Your ability to gain business insight can quickly be outpaced by your ability to capture data without a comprehensive data strategy.
Data management solutions should be able to manage data holistically from creation to deletion. Automated and data-centric policies that eliminate silos and unify workflows across the data lifecycle are needed, irrespective of where the data resides, from the data center to the edge to the cloud.
Partnering with a trusted partner is one of the surest ways to gain a competitive edge wherever you are on your edge journey.
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