CIO Strategic Guidance: Hyperconvergence at the Edge

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2Q 2018 | IN-5073


Optimized Computing from the Data Center to the Edge


Enterprises started implementing hyperconverged infrastructure in data centers half a decade ago. Hyperconverged infrastructure combines software-defined storage (SDS) and networking with virtualized computing over a hypervisor all on commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) servers. SDS empowers end users to manage data independent of underlying hardware. A hypervisor or virtual machine monitor (VMM) creates and runs virtual machines (VMs). VMs execute multiple operating systems on the same physical server or machine. Hypervisor software presents a single administrative platform to run the VMs. Therefore, hyperconverged infrastructure presents a single administrative platform to manage data from multiple VMs on COTS servers.

Hyperconvergence at the edge essentially accomplishes this on an edge gateway or server instead of back in the data center. Hyperconvergence at the edge helps solve operational business problems in manufacturing, transportation, and retail by converting operational technology (OT) protocols, integrating siloed applications on rugg…

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