10 Problems of Edge Computing
Solutioning at the Edge Requires New IT Strategies & Form Factors
Following the footsteps of the main frame (centralized), client-server model (decentralized), and now cloud (centralized), edge computing is transitioning the world’s businesses back to a decentralized computing model as data piles up faster than it can be sent back. However, with no edge standards yet in an emerging marketplace, edge computing provides an entirely new set of challenges with few design patterns and solutions available to solve them. Organizations are frustrated when they have to home grow, or chipmunk together high-risk solutions that allow them to capture and act on data in new complex environments when they are accustomed to low-risk AWS-class redundancy and elasticity. As a new generation of hardware and software enablement methodologies must grow to fill that vacuum, there is a shortage of proven edge technologies, vendors, or even scaling heuristics the C-suite can trust.
The 10 Problems of Edge Computing white paper written with Nanometrics is a business case study on how one organization broke from legacy computing methodologies and refactored the data supply chain from the ground up for their customers. Aiming to solve the hardware-software interoperability challenges, both companies would need to develop next-generation hardware, software enablement platforms, and fleet management solutions. Given that edge computing is a blend of cloud runtime, elasticity, and inference coupled with RF connectivity, the following challenge emerged: What does a software-defined edge look like? Ultimately, developing new ruggedized hardware that operates as a container ingest platform allows mission software to slipstream onto edge devices, bringing a slice of the cloud (minus the cloud costs and connectivity requirements) to the tactical edge as the fastest way to rapidly field new capabilities and analytics.
Whether you are the CTO/COO of your organization, an IT/OT professional, or a consultant leading a client’s edge transformation initiative, this white paper documents the 10 challenges of implementing edge computing and how they were solved. The boundaries of the cloud cease to exist, but now an entire new set of problems arise that can torpedo an organization’s edge transformation before it begins. Breaking down the problem domain and the terra incognita problem first, learn from the leading industry experts who have solutioned at the edge of the edge in extreme environments, developing tech stacks that support the future of edge computing.
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Authors: Devereaux Milburn
# of Pages: 19
Last Update Date: April 2021