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Dell Technologies Announces New Edge Solutions

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The new solutions and updates consolidate and streamline data management and operations as deployments scale, overcome latency constraints, and secure the operating environment at the edge.

Dell Technologies last week announced edge innovations across its infrastructure and PC portfolio to help organizations simplify deployments and capture more value from data generated and processed outside the traditional data center and public cloud—from rugged and remote locations to retail stores and factory floors.

Dell Technologies defines the ‘edge’ as where data is acted on near the point of creation to create immediate, essential value. Industry analysts predict that more than 50% of new IT infrastructure will be deployed at the edge by 2023. And the number of new operational processes deployed on edge infrastructure will grow from less than 20% today to over 90% by 2024.

Increasingly, what’s needed are solutions that consolidate and streamline data management and operations as deployments scale, overcome latency constraints, and secure the operating environment. The new solutions and updates announced address these areas. The new offerings include:

  • Dell EMC VxRail satellite nodes bring VxRail’s operational model and efficiencies to edge sites with a reduced infrastructure footprint. Now verticals like retail, manufacturing, and remote branch offices can get started with VxRail for less. As the only HCI solution jointly engineered with VMware, VxRail satellite node single-node deployments automate day-to-day operations, health monitoring, and lifecycle management from a centralized location without the need for local technical and specialized resources.
  • Dell Technologies Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge with Litmus helps businesses connect, manage, and orchestrate disparate industrial edge devices, data, and applications—from the factory floor to the enterprise cloud—with no programming required. Manufacturers can make quick decisions to repair equipment before it fails, improve production quality, and save costs with real-time data analytics and centralized device management provided by the enterprise-grade Litmus Industrial IoT edge platform. Built on Dell EMC VxRail or PowerEdge servers, with the option to use VMware Edge Compute Stack, this is the second solution from Dell Technologies to help businesses tackle manufacturing edge deployment complexity.
  • Dell EMC Edge Gateway helps companies securely connect multiple devices across OT and IT environments to provide valuable insights. This compact, 5G capable, fanless Edge Gateway with 9th Gen Intel Core processors is designed to work in industrial environments and withstand temperature ranges from minus 4 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The gateway, available direct to customers and through OEM engagements, offers storage and compute capabilities that can run localized data processing and analytics applications, helping solve data collection and processing pain points.
  • Dell EMC Streaming Data Platform (SDP) adds enhanced GPU optimization to ingest streaming video in a lower latency and frame rate environment and support real-time analytics on Dell EMC VxRail and PowerEdge servers. Organizations can run lightweight workloads on a single core using a new edge bundle, so they can start small and scale their infrastructure based on IT needs.

In addition to these offerings, Dell Technologies APEX Cloud Services with VMware Cloud was announced. It provides a Dell-managed secure and consistent platform for organizations to move workloads across multiple cloud and edge environments and scale resources quickly with predictable pricing and transparent costs. Additionally, new Dell EMC PowerEdgetower and rack servers help organizations manage everything from business-critical workloads to virtualization at the edge.

Salvatore Salamone

About Salvatore Salamone

Salvatore Salamone is a physicist by training who has been writing about science and information technology for more than 30 years. During that time, he has been a senior or executive editor at many industry-leading publications including High Technology, Network World, Byte Magazine, Data Communications, LAN Times, InternetWeek, Bio-IT World, and Lightwave, The Journal of Fiber Optics. He also is the author of three business technology books.

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