Edge Triumphs: Conquering Challenges, Unleashing Potential
- August 30, 2023
In the rapidly evolving technology landscape, organizations increasingly harness the edge for real-time analytics, from IoT devices and compute-enabled entities – think industrial security and safety sensors, activity trackers, motion detectors and computer vision applications. The edge emerges in diverse settings wherever data creation originates, from farm fields to factory floors and retail stores. This data yields valuable insights, driving significant outcomes like operational enhancement, enriched customer experiences and heightened safety precautions.
The very notion of the “edge” has evolved over the past decade. With smaller and more affordable compute, the surge in video and streaming data and the maturation of AI and ML, the edge is becoming an imperative for organizations who seek to build a competitive advantage and an ecosystem that orchestrates real-time data streams on a global scale to surmount challenges and seize unprecedented opportunities.
Yet, with progress comes challenges. The bespoke nature of solutions at the edge has become an issue as the number of point solutions has grown dramatically, often encompassing hundreds of diverse endpoints across a distributed geographic footprint. Simultaneously, the sheer volume of data generated has surged exponentially, overwhelming traditional approaches to management and creating silos of point solutions throughout.
In fact, analysts anticipate data volumes for edge-critical workloads will grow by 80% annually through 2027. The truth is that yesterday’s manual, labor-intensive edge processes are no longer capable of supporting today’s fast-growing, data-intensive applications.
The good news is change has arrived.
Today, Dell announces the global availability of Dell NativeEdge, an edge operations software platform designed specifically to eliminate the challenges of deploying, managing and securing dynamic edge environments.
Dell NativeEdge simplifies and automates the way you manage edge infrastructure and applications –securely, efficiently and at scale – from a single digital interface. By creating a unified view that encompasses the entire edge estate, the Dell NativeEdge platform helps you to:
Through the automation of routine and repetitive tasks like onboarding devices, orchestrating application workloads and managing them at scale, recent analysis suggests the NativeEdge platform can speed application lifecycle management at the edge 22 times faster¹ than current processes. This means a large-scale edge implementation that may take 100 or more hours to deploy could be completed in under five hours with Dell NativeEdge.
To illustrate Dell NativeEdge at work, we modeled the deployment of a cold-chain solution across a large grocery chain. A typical cold-chain solution involves a series of refrigeration processes that preserve perishable food items throughout the distribution journey.
In this model, the grocery chain needs a simple, consistent edge deployment process across 1100 store locations, 275 delivery vehicles and 55 warehouses. The solution must support flexible scalability as requirements grow, ensure reliable security to prevent data breach and provide centralized monitoring from any location.
By using Dell NativeEdge to deploy and manage a total of 1430 cold chain devices, the grocery chain in our model saw significant benefits², including:
These model calculations demonstrate the potential cost savings, return on investment and other benefits organizations, regardless of industry, can realize when they make the move to a centralized edge operations platform for end-to-end edge management.
Several real-world industry leaders have already begun using Dell NativeEdge to make their most ambitious edge goals possible. Here are a few of their stories.
Discover how Dell NativeEdge can transform edge application orchestration and infrastructure management so you can run your edge estate securely and at scale. We’ve expanded our partner and OEM customer ecosystem to help get you started on the NativeEdge journey today. You can find more information and resources here.
1 Based on internal analyses and survey of 100 US-based IT Decision Makers by GLG Research on behalf of Dell Technologies, May 2023.
2 Dell internal analysis, May 2023. Based on internal modeling, customer interviews, and third-party environmental specialist consultant review for methodology verification. Actual results will vary.