There’s been a tremendous increase in diversity among workloads, industries, and use cases in recent years. Coupled with the spanning of traditional application data and emerging wave of machine data, we stand at the precipice of a fundamental shift in conversation around what, exactly, are the ‘best execution venues’ for the modern enterprise’s workloads.
Indeed, analytics and business processes are leveraging data from multiple sources now more than ever before. This information is being taken from traditional business applications that may be hosted in the cloud to real-time operational data generated from machines being analyzed close to the point of data origination. In turn, this is creating a powerful continuum of compute, storage, and analytics from the edge to the cloud which, in turn, is bringing about a more agile organizational structure capable of rapid access to actionable intelligence from the factory to the field.
What we’re describing here is the edge to cloud continuum—distributed computing and network infrastructure management designed to meet the performance, security, and cost efficiencies of an edge ecosystem.
Dell Technologies is committed to providing solutions in this new frontier with its APEX offerings, which can be deployed in a variety of locations to support the edge-to-cloud continuum. More specifically, these solutions are designed to help you better manage and protect your customers’ applications across data centers and multi-cloud environments – from public clouds to the data center, the edge, and beyond.
How much is edge computing really a part of the forward-looking enterprise’s cloud strategy?
Dell commissioned 451 Research to assess the growing role edge computing will have in the forward-looking enterprise’s cloud strategy. According to the report, considerations for workload placement shouldn’t be framed as “edge vs. cloud.” Instead, using the two together and using evaluation criteria such as performance, security, reliability, and cost will be the likely strategies that enterprises incorporate as a means for placing workloads in their most appropriate locations.
Take a closer look: workload placement and the edge-to-cloud continuum stand to be an important part of organizations’ digital transformation plans, too. As a solution provider, you have a great opportunity here to consult and provide professional services in support of your customer’s initiatives on this front.
Help your customers plan ahead
As increased data volume throughout all industries has resulted in the need to enable processing and analytics at the point of collection and then transmit information back to the data center, edge-to-cloud solutions are proving to be increasingly important.
OEM partners, in particular, should consider using Dell edge computing infrastructure and incorporate it into their own solutions across a wide range of industries — manufacturing, retail, health care, utilities, transportation, telecom, and more.
Dell APEX Flex on Demand is ideal for building edge-to-cloud solutions and deploying them in an as-a-Service model designed to provide greater scalability than traditional purchasing options as well as shift budgeting to a predictable monthly cost.
Additionally, your customers will appreciate the ruggedized equipment from Dell, too, which can be deployed in the field and survive harsh operating environments to transmit data back to APEX Cloud Services hosted by Dell partners or deployed in your customers’ data centers.