“Edge computing is certainly here to stay. As we see greater distribution of IT systems and more connected devices the need to push content closer to end users is easily seen. At a very high level, edge allows us to process data much closer to the source than other solutions out there. This is a big reason why data center leaders are actively investing in and designing consumable edge solutions.” –Data Center Frontier
What is Edge?
Edge computing moves compute functions closer to where data is generated and analyzed: at the network edge. Edge is an evolution of the network that compliments the cloud, while leveraging a distributed network model. Edge network architectures move compute, storage, and analytics near the point of data generation; proximate to the end users. This evolution of the network realizes numerous benefits, chief among them reduced latency, improved application performance, and optimized transmission costs.
Organizations of nearly every size and shape, regardless of industry or business model, are aware of Edge as a networking concept. Applications for Edge are far reaching, with deployments escalating in applications that are sensitive to network latency, that require enhanced security, or are bound by regulatory requirements.
The Critical Nature of Infrastructure at the Edge
Locating compute functions where the data is generated and used comes with a unique set of challenges:
– Remote and geographically distributed sites
– Lack of dedicated on-site IT personnel
– Non-traditional IT spaces with limited environmental controls
Dependable network infrastructure helps address these challenges. A blend of enclosures, pre-configured offerings, intelligent solutions, and standards-based cabling and connectivity ensure that Edge networks perform as needed, limiting issues or downtime.
When Infrastructure Matters, Panduit has You Covered
Now more than ever robust business systems are needed to continue providing resources and information to your customers and employees. A physical infrastructure that supports Edge computing will give you remote real-time visualization, security, and reliability when it’s needed most.
If an edge solution is in your future, you can count on Panduit. The same infrastructure that supports your on-premise, colocation, and cloud computing functions also supports Edge. Regardless of your application, location, or needs, we can help you navigate the confusion and address the concerns. Edge is more than a buzzword. It’s a way to help your business run better.
Click here to check out our solution guide to learn more about enabling Edge deployments and the critical parts that support different Edge environments.