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Is Intelligent Edge the Future?

AudreyCox

A lot has been discussed about the Intelligent Edge (IE), and how embracing it can be beneficial for any business. Today, businesses are using edge computing to create smarter buildings, cities, workspaces, retail experiences, factory floors, and more. Many believe that IE is indeed the future, and organizations that have rolled out IoT projects have seen returns in the form of cost savings, efficiency improvements, and higher customer satisfaction scores.

The Intelligent Edge provides analytics capabilities that were formerly confined to on-premises or cloud data centers. The usefulness of the IE is revealed when we unpack the three Cs: 

  • Connect: When devices, people, or things connect via networks, it facilitates data exchanges that promote new sources and quantities of data.
  • Compute: Systems can then compute this data, provide access to applications, and reveal deep insights concerning the connected things, devices, and the surrounding environment.
  • Control: These computed insights can then be used to take action, control the devices and things at the edge, or prompt other types of control actions associated with the business or enterprise to which the edge is connected.

Although all three Cs (connect, compute, and control) contribute to edge intelligence, compute improvements are especially important because they can yield immediate insights from edge data at relatively low cost. Edge compute can be improved by shifting enterprise-class compute, storage, and management from the data center out to the edge.

The Intelligent Edge is an exciting place. Because large and diverse data sets improve the statistical accuracy of predictions and conclusions, we can expect more reliable medical prognoses, clarity on when equipment failures will happen, and precision on what people will buy, who will win elections, and where people will go on vacations. In the future, we'll be able to predict the future more accurately.

At the Intelligent Edge, where data is aggregated and analyzed near its collection point, networked devices have new ability and autonomy, shifting compute workloads away from the datacenter and toward the edge, where they can deliver high-value outcomes at blinding speed.

It’s a model with huge potential for companies across many industries. But it requires new architecture and new infrastructure—not to mention a major shift in expectations and understanding. HPE OEM connects partners to hardware such as HPE Converged Edge Systems, as well as the expertise of HPE thought leaders who are driving the development and adoption of the Intelligent Edge. And it enables partners to deliver insight to their end customers.

Learn more about the Intelligent Edge with OEM at HPE Discover 2019 Las Vegas.


Audrey Cox
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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