We are in the midst of a new era of computing, edge computing. Like each era of computing before it, edge will impact every industry and force IT departments to adapt to new architectures, deployment models and business models. With edge IT, companies can increase the speed at which data is gathered and interpreted and enable decisions to be made in near- or real time, increasing revenue growth through enhanced user experiences and new services.
“ IDC's research on the value of edge confirms that transforming the user experience is a primary driver. More than half of organizations surveyed say that a higher quality experience for the end user is the top benefit of edge investment. ”
Edge is not one of those technologies that you can choose to adopt for your business. Ignoring it will be disastrous for any long-term business strategy. Being an early adopter, on the other hand, will give you a strong competitive advantage similar to that of forward-thinking companies from previous eras of computing.
For example, some of today's most progressive organizations are already moving their enterprise applications to edge locations to get improved resiliency vs. lost connectivity to their central, public or private clouds. While this has redounded to their benefit, IBM believes that the value of edge can be extended even further in the following ways:
- Better control over data and costs: Minimize data transport to central hubs and reduce vulnerabilities and costs.
- Faster insights and actions: Tap into insights right at the source where data is created and processed.
- Continuous operations: Run autonomously, even when disconnected, and reduce disruption and cost due to outages.
Learn how a single administrator can manage the scale, variability and rate of change of application environments across tens of thousands of endpoints simultaneously.
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Edge computing takes data and application processing and extends it further out from your central datacenter or public cloud locations into your regional and branch offices, retail stores, manufacturing sites, distribution centers, and connected assets in the field, on the roads and anywhere in between.
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