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What You Need To Know About Edge Computing

February 14, 2022

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Authored by Bret Peavy, Vice President, Sales and Business Development

Every day, across all industries and environments, companies are discovering how to leverage the constant waves of data to help their organizations be better, faster, and even safer with edge computing. Edge computing refers to “computing that is done on site near a particular data source, minimizing the need for data to be processed in a remote data center,” according to our partner Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

In situations where data plays a key and immediate role, edge computing is essential. For example, during a robotic heart surgery where the extent of the blockage will determine the course of the procedure; at a manufacturing center where equipment malfunctions are pinpointed instantaneously; or, in a retail setting where any delay in response to a shopper’s request will mean losing the sale to a competitor.

Edge computing means getting answers quickly—in milliseconds. By keeping data, storage, management, and control at the edge, companies can minimize insight delay and reduce data bandwidth requirements, lowering overall operations costs. Edge computing also eliminates the security risks associated with moving large volumes of sensitive data back and forth from a data center.

Gartner estimated, “By 2022, as a result of digital business projects, 75 percent of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside the traditional centralized data center or cloud, up from less than 10 percent in 2018.”

Use cases

Healthcare. In healthcare, immediate action for hurt and ill patients is especially critical, and potentially lifesaving. Edge computing extracts insights from the masses of data arriving from doctors’ offices and hospitals to allow providers to make informed decisions in real time, improving the speed and accuracy of diagnoses. Medical delivery devices also employ edge computing in robot-assisted procedures and other delivery methods.

Banking. As banking technologies have rapidly advanced, so have their data processing counterparts. Edge computing helps financial institutions better apply data from distributed branches and ATMs, and deliver ultra-personalized experiences to customers.

Internet of Things. At this point, we’ve all heard of the “Internet of Things.” Everything from refrigerators to agricultural drones to fitness trackers are collecting real-time data. But internet-connected devices are only useful when the data they collect is immediately processed and actionable. Going further with IoT, manufacturers track operations, address assembly line issues, and predict equipment servicing schedules.

And more. A retail store with edge computing can monitor a retail environment with facial recognition technology and behavioral analysis to proactively combat theft. City departments manage traffic flow with preemptive measures such as opening and closing lanes or redirecting around an accident or icy bridge. Edge computing provides unmatched potential for growth and innovation for companies in all industries, while also minimizing security risk and cost.

HPE innovations

Working with HPE, Pacxa is implementing next-generation edge computing environments that adapt across industries and are ideally situated to grow as companies evolve. HPE takes edge computing one step further to the intelligent edge where data is not only processed but also thoroughly analyzed.

HPE innovations are setting the pace for edge computing innovation and IT ecosystems of the future. Its edge solutions comprise data platforms that are flexible, scalable, and comprehensive. These offerings eliminate the need for siloed data, opening up seamless paths between edge and cloud to ensure the peace of mind that comes with effortless backup and recovery.

For harsh environments such as extreme temperatures and rugged atmospheres, the Edgeline EL8000 is a “data center in a box.” The military-grade toolbox-style solution is portable, modular, and compact; the entire solution can fit under an airplane seat. Collecting and securing data is only the beginning. To gain an edge, enterprises should leverage their data and apply it immediately, bringing value and innovation to customers in even the most remote locations. To schedule a demo and learn more about how HPE’s edge computing solutions can help your organization, contact Pacxa today.

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