The topic of edge computing has been trending in 2018, as it is a model where IT infrastructure and applications are moved beyond the physical data center. It is so popular that according to MarketsandMarkets, edge computing will experience a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 35% from 2017 to 2022. Continue reading to learn more about “lights out” edge data centers and the main factors that are driving the edge computing trend.
Factors Driving Edge Computing
A few of the main factors driving the edge computing momentum include the increased load on cloud infrastructure, application environments that are not suited to the cloud, and the growth of digitized applications across industries. The adoption of edge computing is happening extremely quickly, as sensors, machines, and devices are already deployed in multiple organizations globally. Companies see that the path to business and operational efficiency is obtainable, and the savings these efficiencies will bring makes implementing an edge strategy worth the investment.
Edge Data Centers
As many organizations invest in edge computing, they will need to find strategies for managing these important and geographically dispersed data processing environments. This approach will be different than the way traditional data centers are managed, as large enterprises may regulate hundreds of thousands of these sites. With so many sites, organizations can’t afford the time or money for dedicated IT staff for edge support. Instead, these environments require tools that enable a “lights out” approach to management.
“Lights Out” Approach
A “lights out” approach to management simple refers to operating edge compute sites remotely. Enabling this approach requires a transition from low resiliency/low availability distributed IT assets to a true high-reliability edge computing infrastructure. These sites will also need abilities that make it easy for non-IT workers to manage or provide administrative support. This is possible with the increase of digitization, or operation simplification, across every work environment.
New Edge Management Environment
Management of a new edge environment will believe that there are no IT experts on site to deal with support issues, so “seal-healing” tools will be required. These tools provide predictive maintenance abilities and built-in analytics to make to possible for employees outside of the IT industry to manage issues. The microdata center environments that support edge computing will include the best power protection, as well as environmental monitoring and security and remote management for reliable access to business-critical cloud services.
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