Virtualized Storage and Edge Computing
An edge computing environment can be classified as any IT site located outside the datacenter or cloud. Examples of edge sites include retail stores, manufacturing sites, travel and tourism organizations, remote and branch offices, and industrial IoT. These environments often face several unique challenges, such as limited onsite IT support, finite physical space, and restricted budgets (as they often have many sites to manage).
Storage virtualization isn’t just an option for edge computing environments, it’s a necessity. Edge organizations are commonly located in remote places, and often have tens, hundreds, or even thousands of sites to maintain, and traditional datacenter architecture just isn’t feasible for them. They need lightweight, simple IT that can be managed centrally, and doesn’t require constant maintenance.
A retail store or remote office doesn’t always have a designated IT specialist on site to help facilitate updates or repairs as needed. Virtualizing their storage at the edge gives an organization an infrastructure that is much more simple to manage. It is also more compact, making it ideal for organizations with limited space, as well as more affordable, requiring less hardware and resources.
Check out our Beginners Guide to Edge Computing for additional information about the unique requirements of edge environments, how edge computing works, and the benefits of edge computing solutions.