In Search of the Edge - Demystifying Edge Compute Infrastructure

In Search of the Edge - Demystifying Edge Compute Infrastructure

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Research Code: 99E4-00-32-00-00
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The edge appears to be everywhere these days. Industry pundits and vendors talk about edge computing and edge networking, edge devices, and edge security.

But what are we all talking about? Definitions of “the edge” bring to mind the fable about the blind men describing an elephant. Each description reflects the provider’s limited perspective. All are correct; none is complete.

The problem with the conflicting definitions and vantage points is that enterprises are left without guideposts to assess the new technology. Do they need an edge strategy? If so, how should they go about buying, building, or implementing one?

In this report, we explore the edge landscape. We parse the myriad definitions, and show how each component is relevant to a total solution. We also step back and show how the principles behind “edge compute” are consistent with best practices for any workload deployment in a hybrid cloud environment.      

Table of Contents

Introduction

Defining the Edge

Why Edge? Why Now?

The Hybrid Edge Solution

Where is the Edge?

Configuring the Edge

IT Infrastructure

Network

Management Platform

Security

Working Off-Line: the Cloudless Edge

Next Generation Edge: 5G will Make a Difference

The Higher Goal: Configuring Compute, Storage, and Network Resources Optimally for the Workload

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The edge appears to be everywhere these days. Industry pundits and vendors talk about edge computing and edge networking, edge devices, and edge security. But what are we all talking about? Definitions of “the edge” bring to mind the fable about the blind men describing an elephant. Each description reflects the provider’s limited perspective. All are correct; none is complete. The problem with the conflicting definitions and vantage points is that enterprises are left without guideposts to assess the new technology. Do they need an edge strategy? If so, how should they go about buying, building, or implementing one? In this report, we explore the edge landscape. We parse the myriad definitions, and show how each component is relevant to a total solution. We also step back and show how the principles behind “edge compute” are consistent with best practices for any workload deployment in a hybrid cloud environment.
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Author Lynda Stadtmueller
Industries Information Technology
WIP Number 99E4-00-32-00-00
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GPS Codes 99E4-C1,9455,9681-C1,9B07-C1,9721,A314-69