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IDC white paper highlights the power of edge computing to enable the shift to a digital-first world. It provides insights into the factors driving edge investments, the challenges companies faced while deploying at the edge, barriers to continued investment, and strategic recommendations for future-ready edge capabilities.
The infusion of digital technologies in all aspects of society and business is a permanent change. Through the use of cloud and edge infrastructure, all industries are harnessing the power of data and digital tools to improve efficiency, sustainability, and security. Embracing this change and developing a strategy to navigate the digital world first are choices that set business leaders apart and lay the groundwork for rapid innovation and improvement. Many industries are well on their way to reaping the benefits of digitally enabled and connected operations. Access to IT services, whether in the cloud, in an enterprise data center, or in myriad edge locations, is a fundamental and essential element in enabling the shift to digitally enhanced connected operations.
As organizations seek to create new or improved experiences for customers and become more operationally efficient, improve safety and security, and become more sustainable, they are turning more to digital technologies. The white paper examines the crucial role edge computing and edge deployments play in enabling digital-first connected operations. It highlights strategies that IT professionals and decision makers can adopt to future-proof their edge computing capabilities to support remote, connected, secure, reliable, resilient, and sustainable operations.
Edge Computing is one of the main enablers of a digital-first paradigm. In fact, the most common use cases for edge infrastructure include cybersecurity systems to monitor the operational network locally, as well as store and process operational data to bring it to the cloud. Additionally, when organizations were asked why they were investing in edge computing to support these workloads, respondents cited “improving cybersecurity” (50%) and “resiliency and reliability of systems” (44%). However, there are several challenges that organizations must overcome to ensure that their edge infrastructure, and therefore their connected operations, are resilient and reliable. Despite the promise of the edge, many organizations are reporting connectivity issues and power outages. In fact, 32% of respondents have experienced “no or slow connectivity” with their edge deployments. Additionally, 31% have experienced a “power outage or surge lasting more than 60 seconds.”
Challenges to overcome when transitioning to connected-first digital operations
Resilient edge assets are the foundation for shifting to digital-first, connected operations. Organizations will become vulnerable when their technology fails. For future edge deployments, leaders must develop a strategy that addresses concerns, such as cybersecurity and connectivity issues, and ensures access to the skills needed to maintain resilient edge infrastructures.
How organizations can future-proof edge capabilities to support their transition to digital-first connected operations
- Resilient, secure and sustainable energy and connectivity resources: By including resilient power and connectivity resources early in the perimeter planning phases, businesses can reduce the risk of downtime.
- Remote monitoring and management of large-scale edge resources: The ongoing management of edge infrastructure at scale will be a challenge for all organizations. Have the
The right skills in the right place at the right time will be difficult, if not impossible. Ensure your edge resources are equipped to support continuous and autonomous remote monitoring
- Trusted partners who can provide the necessary skills for the above edge resources: Consider trusted partners to provide industry best practices and services in situations or locations where it is not economically or physically feasible to do it yourself. Trusted service partners can often predict problems before they happen. Also, look for partners who are also committed to sustainability, as among those surveyed, 82% cited a commitment to sustainability as a selection criteria for edge solution providers.
As a trusted partner and provider of complete solutions, Schneider Electric works closely with customers in designing their strategies to ensure certainty, resilience, security and sustainability throughout design, implementation, and management at the edge through:
- Resilient, safe, connected and sustainable physical infrastructure solutions for any edge environment: delivering certainty in a connected world;
- A cloud-based monitoring and management platform EcoStruxure IT provide remote visibility including security, data-driven insights and recommendations, reporting capabilities, and digital service capabilities; Y
- A integrated ecosystem comprised of IT technology alliances, a global network of trusted and experienced channel partners and service engineers, and rules-based design tools.
Download the full white paper from IDC, sponsored by Schneider Electric, Succeeding at Connected Operations with Edge Computing.
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