Some say edge computing is the next frontier of compute. The ability to quickly and securely process the massive amount of data spurred by the internet of things -- as well as reach hubs of end users and workers that are distributed globally -- is an attractive draw for many organizations looking to extend opportunities beyond their data center's walls. The benefits of moving to edge data centers are extensive, from reduced costs and bandwidth to survivability.
But the problem with new IT trends is just that -- they're new. Users and experts alike don't know what the future of edge computing will hold. In this guide, we'll explore the advantages and pitfalls associated with edge data centers, as well as data centers supporting remote and branch offices (ROBOs).
1Edge computing pros and cons-
The benefits and challenges of edge data centers
When a concept as new as edge computing becomes a reality, there are always unknowns. Designing and managing edge data centers can be a vast undertaking marked with uncertainty, so it's important to first weigh the advantages and disadvantages. Explore some of the common benefits edge computing can offer, from application performance to security, as well as the problems that it presents, such as cooling and load balancing challenges.
The endless debate over whether to concentrate data center resources or spread them out is far from over, but the benefits of edge computing, such as better application performance, make a strong case for the latter. Continue Reading
Superfast networks that traditional data centers provide are often limited in remote areas. Find out how edge data centers can serve as a remedy. Continue Reading
Though enterprises are interested in edge data centers, they're not using them just yet. Here's what the numbers tell us about this growing trend. Continue Reading
As remote data centers for edge computing become more advanced, IT pros run into challenges, such as limited cooling capacity and a lack of redundancy. Continue Reading
2Backing up the edge-
Storage, backup for remote and branch offices
IT teams need to protect and back up enterprise data, regardless of whether it resides within a centralized data center's walls. But when it comes to ROBO backup and storage, there is no universal set of rules. Instead, administrators must assess each individual situation and decide from there. Learn about the challenges you may face while storing and backing up ROBO data, and how to solve them.
When you back up data remotely, you'll need to think about how to protect it. Ensure that corporate data will be safe with these procedures. Continue Reading
There isn't one universal method for ROBO backup. Find a process that works for your organization by answering these three questions about IT staffing, bandwidth and location. Continue Reading
As the hyper-converged market continues to evolve, more vendors will target edge applications and storage -- but it's slow-going so far. Continue Reading
3How edge and IoT interact-
Explore the role of edge computing in IoT
As the internet of things (IoT) expands, massive amounts of data require faster processing and better security -- and edge data centers become more appealing. Edge data centers allow end users to get closer to the data, improving speed and performance. But not all experts are on board with edge and fog computing -- find out why.
Edge data centers' close proximity to users results in lower latency. The trend paves the way for increased efficiency, and could serve as the backbone for the internet of things. Continue Reading
4WAN options at the edge-
Networking considerations for the edge
Your wide area network (WAN) should support the large amount of data being transferred between your ROBO and traditional data centers. There are a number of networking options to consider for ROBO and edge data centers, from virtual WANs (vWANS) that can increase performance to metro networks that are changing with the market. Explore the benefits of virtualization -- including faster provisioning and greater agility -- to get the most out of edge technology.
Virtual WANs are transforming networks in the same way that virtualization changed IT servers and storage. Learn the value of a vWAN for your organization. Continue Reading
WAN virtualization benefits include greater agility, faster provisioning and cost savings -- especially for remote offices. But most enterprises are still in the early stages of server consolidation. Continue Reading
5Must-know edge compute terms-
Essential definitions for the edge
Before migrating to the edge, it's important to know the terminology. Get to know these essential definitions.