Edge computing is plural, not singular – this is where you can get the most impact on your customers.
With an abundance of buzzwords constantly teeming in the IT industry, keeping up to date with the latest buzzwords can be a constant challenge. Case in point: “Edge Computing” While the IT term is one of the most fashionable terms right now, many solution providers do not fully understand that there are actually multiple edge computing definitions. In fact, Gartner recently classified five types of edge environments: regional data center, local data center, data center, gateway, and device edge.
When speaking to IT pros who are familiar with the complexities of buzzwords like “The Edge,” it’s important to dig deeper – not just to showcase your knowledge and credibility, but to create real business value.
While the regional data center edge is occupied by colocation providers and MTDC, and the device edge includes products such as autonomous vehicles and portable devices, at Eaton we want to help you expand your knowledge of the three edge computing environments where resellers can deliver real value can create:
- Edge of the local data center
Essentially a data center in a single rack in a remote location, this type of edge is primarily powered by artificial intelligence (AI), latency issues, and the desire to improve the customer experience. The edge of the local data center faces challenges that include increased power requirements and the need for in-rack access control combined with limited staff to monitor the equipment. IT managers are looking for solutions to help them organize, protect and manage their environments, such as secure rack enclosures, socket-level meter PDUs, scalable and pre-assembled rack UPSs that allow for quick installation, and remote -Infrastructure management functions.
- Compute Edge
This type of edge, where hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) really makes sense, is being driven by higher local computing requirements of distributed IT environments and an increase in integrated systems that are easier to deploy and manage. Space constraints, cluster shutdowns and remote management are some of the most important challenges IT professionals face in this edge zone. The solutions they typically look for include vertical wall-mounted enclosures, UL / IEC certified cybersecurity, space-saving rack-mountable UPSs, environmental sensors, and remote infrastructure management capabilities.
- Gateway edge
The next generation of network closets offer a variety of access points, as well as WiFi to replace wired networks, so IT professionals must strive to protect what is inside the gateway edge. With space constraints, access security and a lack of on-site staff, this sector needs vertical wall-mount enclosures, smaller UPS solutions, lithium-ion batteries that enable a “set-it-and-forget-it” mentality, and cybersecurity and remote management solutions .
Because Eaton understands the different types of edge applications, we are in a unique position to deliver the end-to-end power solutions your customers need, regardless of the environment they support. And as our partner, you not only have access to these critical solutions, but also the opportunity to go beyond the buzzwords and stand out from other providers who cannot answer the real questions.
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