Sponsored: Succeed at connection operations with edge computing

Challenges in edge computing and strategies for future demonstration edge capabilities.

IDC’s white paper highlights the power of edge computing enabling the shift to a digital first world. It provides insights into the factors driving edge investment, the challenges companies face in deploying to the edge, obstacles to sustainable investment, and strategic recommendations to future edge capabilities.

The infusion of digital technologies into all aspects of society and business is a constant change. Using cloud and edge infrastructure, all industries harness the power of data and digital tools to improve efficiency, sustainability and security and safety. Embracing this change and developing a strategy to navigate the digital first world are choices that differentiate business leaders and lay the foundation for rapid innovation and improvement. Many industries are on track to realize the benefits of digitally enabled, connected operations. Access to IT services, whether in the cloud, in a corporate data center, or in many edge locations, is a fundamental and essential element in enabling the transition to digitally enhanced, connected operations.

As organizations seek to create new or improved customer experiences and become more functionally effective, improve security and safety, and become more sustainable, they are increasingly relying on digital technologies. The White Paper examines the crucial role that edge computing and edge deployments play in enabling digital first, connected operations. It highlights strategies that IT professionals and decision makers can adopt to demonstrate their cutting-edge computing capabilities in the future to support remote, connected, secure, reliable, resilient, and sustainable operations.

Edge computing is one of the main enablers of digital first paradigm. In fact, the most common uses of edge infrastructure include cybersecurity systems to monitor the operating network locally as well as store and process operational data to bring it to the cloud. Furthermore, when organizations were asked why they invest in edge computing to support these workloads, respondents cited, “improving cybersecurity” (50%) and “system resilience and reliability” (44%). However, there are various challenges that organizations must overcome to secure their edge infrastructure, and thus, their related operations, are resilient and reliable. Despite the promise of the edge, many organizations are reporting concerns about connectivity and power outages. In fact, 32% of respondents experienced “lack of connectivity or slow connectivity” with their edge deployments. Furthermore, 31% experienced a “malfunction or electrical surge lasting more than 60 seconds.”

Challenges to overcome during transition to digital first connected operations

Robust edge resources are the foundation for switching to digital first, linked operations. Organizations will become vulnerable if and when their technology fails. For future demonstration edge deployments, leaders need to develop a strategy that addresses concerns, such as cybersecurity and connectivity issues, and ensures access to the capabilities needed to maintain resilient edge infrastructures.

How organizations can sustain future edge capabilities in their transition to digital first connected operations

  • Robust, secure, sustainable power and connectivity resources: By including robust power and connectivity resources early in the edge planning phases, companies can reduce the risk of downtime.
  • Remote Monitoring and Management of marginal resources on a large scale: The ongoing management of scale infrastructure will challenge all organizations. Having the
    right skills in the right place at the right time will be difficult if not impossible. Make sure your edge resources are equipped to support continuous remote monitoring and standalone
  • Reliable partners who can provide the necessary skills for the above edge resources: Consider reliable partners to provide industry best practices and service in situations or places where it is not economically or physically feasible to do it yourself. Reliable service partners can often predict problems before they occur. Furthermore, look for partners who also have a commitment to sustainability because among those surveyed, 82% cited a commitment to sustainability as a selection criterion for edge solution providers.

As a reliable partner and full solution provider, Schneider Electric works closely with customers in designing their strategies to ensure certainty, durability, security and sustainability through the design, deployment and management at the edge by:

  • Robust, secure, connected and sustainable physical infrastructure solutions for any marginal environment – delivering certainty in a connected world;
  • A cloud-based monitoring and management platform EcoStruxure IT providing remote visibility including security, data-driven insights and recommendations, reporting capabilities, and digital service capabilities; and
  • An integrated ecosystem composed of IT Technology alliances, a global network of trusted experienced channel partners and service engineers as well as rule-based design tools.

Download the full IDC White Paper, sponsored by Schneider Electric, Succeeding at Connected Operations with Edge Computing.

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