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Simplifying Edge with the Dell Edge Certification Program


A talk about edge complexity, deployment issues, and how the Dell Edge Partner Certification program can help.

Edge systems can be quite complex. Many hardware and software elements from different vendors must be brought together and tightly integrated. RTInsights recently sat down with Jay Queen, Product Manager at Dell Edge Solutions, to talk about the issues and how the Dell Edge Partner Certification program can help.

Here is a summary of our conversation.

RTInsights: What are some of the challenges developers of edge computing solutions face due to the array of choices they have for hardware and software elements?

Queen: Today, developers of edge computing solutions are overwhelmed by choice and underwhelmed by cohesive performance when it comes to hardware and software vendor options for edge technology deployments. The Dell Edge team looks to provide proven, trusted, and, most of all, compatible vendors to the partner ecosystem, thus saving time and stress for our customers. The Certification process ensures partner applications are tested across multiple on-premise scenarios to save time and reduce risk in performance and downtime.

RTInsights: How have organizations typically designed, evaluated, and brought end-to-end edge computing systems to production and demonstrated the value these systems would deliver?

Queen: Typically, only select organizations have undergone the process of validating their solution to Dell Edge infrastructure. With the release of the Certification Program, we provide partners who are not enrolled in validation programs the opportunity to certify, join the ecosystem, and gain valuable credentials showing application quality and compatibility with our end-to-end edge computing infrastructure.

RTInsights: What is the Dell Edge Certification Program?

Queen: The Dell Edge Partner Certification program is designed to create an ecosystem of partners committed to building and optimizing edge technology for mutual customers. Through the certification process, partners work directly with the engineering team and in a dedicated lab environment. Post-certification partners can expect an ongoing relationship with the Dell Edge team to scale and grow their business, receive exclusive content, and have early access to future infrastructure upgrades and designs.

RTInsights: How does the program help address the challenges developers and organizations face with their edge computing efforts?

Queen: Working with a certified Dell partner provides confidence in quality and compatibility and ensures your edge computing strategy is built with the future in mind. Our certified partners will be working with the latest Dell Edge infrastructure and early adopters of the newest innovations in edge architecture.

RTInsights: What are the business benefits delivered via the Dell Edge Certification Program?

Queen: Becoming Dell Edge Certified comes with exclusive benefits and access to partners. From exclusive content, first access to the newest infrastructure, and support from our engineering teams, a new level of partnership is unlocked for companies who participate. Additionally, there is the marketing and exposure that a company receives through our partner ecosystem website and customer-facing collateral.

RTInsights: How does a business become part of Dell’s Edge Partner Certification program?

Queen: The quickest and easiest way to start your edge transformation with Dell is to visit our Edge Ecosystem’s website and fill out our contact form so we can learn a little more about your business.

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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