The next big story in IT will be cutting edge computing. Driven by better network environments (5G that effectively enables zero latency, for example) and continued investment in AI and IoT deployments, edge computing will become the foundation for business creativity and innovation.
Gartner predicts that by 2025, 75 percent of all data will be created at the edge, where traditionally, only 10 percent of data is created outside of the traditional data center. That’s a massive change in the flow of data through the organization for CIOs to grapple with.
It’s no wonder, then, that IDC predicts that spending at the edge will reach 250 billion dollars by 2024. The modern IT user and customer expects the IT environment to be able to handle surges in traffic and provide deep and engaging digital experiences and interactions in real time. Only state-of-the-art computing will be able to handle the quantity and quality of data that begins to flow through companies.
“If we look at operational technology, sensors, video cameras, and specialized technologies like medical equipment, these are all things that generate data, connect and integrate with other technologies, and process that information. These are the things that are really going to revolutionize the way we live and work, ”said Adrian Iannessa, senior director of technology at Dell Technologies, in an exclusive interview with IDG Communications. “The edge must be part of the entire multi-cloud topology. And that’s what we’re doing. Our APEX strategy is to provide a consistent model as a service across the edge, the data center and the cloud. “
Seizing the Edge Opportunity
As with any transformation project, an edge solution might not return the expected value to the organization. CIOs must carefully consider what they seek to accomplish with cutting-edge computing. The solution is meeting those goals.
Some key points of consideration for CIOs include:
- Reliability – The deeper a company’s advantage, the more critical it becomes in the way they work. Edge site downtime can cause severe disruptions across the organization, and therefore the reliability and resilience of each edge deployment must be considered. This is a more complete task than managing a single centralized location.
- The use cases: Edge deployments will differ by industry and by business, and how a hospital might use Edge will be significantly different from how a retailer or resource company uses it. The CIO must understand the business imperatives that will benefit the organization because ultimately the advantage is about the business value it unlocks and not about the technology.
- Foundations – Edge projects often end up being ad-hoc efforts, preventing them from reaching their peak value. Iannessa said having the foundation and architecture to fit edge solutions first is essential. “What is often found is that when there are enterprise-led IT initiatives, they tend to be quite limited in a specific use case,” he said. “What happens over time is that these solutions add up. They are all very isolated solutions that don’t work together. So eventually, you’re not really taking advantage of any of those investments. This is where architecture is important. “
State-of-the-art capacity building
According to Iannessa, more and more non-IT executives are making IT decisions. “It was recently discovered that when it comes to making a decision as a service model for IT infrastructure, in most cases, it is the CEO who makes the decision,” he said. “About 37 percent of those surveyed said that it is the CEO who makes that decision. And only 24 percent said they are the CIO. It is increasingly important for the CIO to be in tune with the CEO and the rest of the executive team. “
This is not necessarily a threat to the CIO’s work, but rather an indication that IT is an enterprise-wide consideration now, and the executive team expects the CIO to be an enabler, rather than an obstacle to adoption. of technology.
This is what has driven the APEX solution from Dell Technologies. As a set of technologies as a service that frees the CIO and their team from technology management, APEX enables highly scalable and agile delivery of applications that can enable the IT team to respond to the needs of other lines of business.
Much of the IT innovation in the coming years will come as a direct consequence of edge computing deployments. All the exciting innovations around data, AI, and IoT require computing to be done at the edge. The challenge for CIOs will be to deliver cutting-edge, business-wide solutions that deliver value across all lines of business, and the CIO can circumvent the challenges by finding the resources to manage such decentralized environments by adopting the right platforms-as-a-service that it will ultimately facilitate success on the edge.
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