Imagine this: The initial, exciting buzz of edge computing has died down. The use cases are straightforward. The need to adapt is a no-brainer.
Now, IT needs to take a long, hard look at their technology stack.
There are many infrastructure components that work together to help you run effectively at the edge. But if there’s one thing every enterprise has running in the background, it’s an assembly of servers.
So, how do you make the switch from traditional, aging servers to servers that actually help you realise the benefits of edge computing?
As Chief Technology Strategist at Dell Technologies, I see five must-have components of edge servers that will help speed innovation and make IT teams happier and more productive.
1. Edge servers have space-saving dimensions.
Edge locations often lack the space to support servers with traditional form factors. Think of retail giant Target with its 2,000+ store locations — each one “a mini data centre” according to CEO Mike McNamara during a presentation at the 2021 Infra Cloud Conference (ICCON) held earlier this April. Without the typical constraints of bulky physical hardware, Target’s sleek Point-of-Sale (POS) systems have been able to keep up with growing data at the edge.