Adopting the right IT infrastructure for the Edge

Adopting the right IT infrastructure for the Edge
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Flexibility, automation and security are critical factors to consider when building the infrastructure to support edge computing.

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As the industry charges forward to recover after the effects of COVID-19, edge computing promises to help organisations with delivering business insights faster while maintaining low costs. According to Gartner, 75% of data is expected to be processed at the edge by 2025.

With emerging data-driven technologies like IoT, AI, AR/VR and Blockchain dominating the industry, organisations looking to plan their digital transformation efforts have come to realise that the edge is where all these data is generated, gathered, and processed to bring value.

When considering the IT infrastructure to support edge computing, Chris Kelly, Vice President, Data Centre & Compute, Asia Pacific & Japan at Dell Technologies, shared the following tips during a media briefing at the launch of Dell’s 17 next-generation servers.

  • Flexible Infrastructure

The IT infrastructure should have the capability to deliver a flexible infrastructure that can meet the needs of critical workloads now and in the future, and still be able to evolve. It should meet requirements that are cyclical or seasonal in nature. 

The applications running today, and the influx of data demand a different type of computer engine that can deliver the combination of new technologies and capabilities that have the adaptive capability for those unique challenges and needs.

  • Automation

Automation is critical to be able to support the IT personnel. Apart from the IT infrastructures that are often stretched to its limits, so too are the IT personnel who are optimising systems, managing silos, and dealing with cyber threats. With automation, more time will be opened up for innovation.

Enterprises should be able to have that ability to automate the entire life cycle – deploying automatically, configuring and remediating itself. Ultimately, the IT infrastructure should be able to adjust itself to the workloads that are being run on it, dramatically increasing the productivity whilst simultaneously reducing the cost for IT teams.

  • Security

Security is one of the most fundamental points of consideration for decision makers. The level of resilience required to protect a businesses’ critical systems and information without disrupting the day-to-day running of a business needs for digital transformation that is accompanied by security transformation.

Ensuring the safety of data that is stored by an enterprise is crucial. As such the hardware and firmware should have that integrated security that is built in for end-to-end protection – starting before deployment and then continuing through every phase of the product life cycle.

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