Modern businesses need to manage workforces and IT infrastructure across multiple locations while consuming data across public clouds, co-locations, on-premise servers, and edge sites. The complexity of these hybrid environments makes it difficult to operate effectively and provision resources cost-efficiency.
Additionally, new challenges emerge as the number of edge devices increases exponentially across distributed environments. Let’s explore how you can tie all the pieces together, achieve complete visibility of all your assets and IT operations, and effectively manage fast-growing data volumes with the latest edge-to-cloud technologies.
What Is Edge-to-Cloud Technology?
An edge-to-cloud system architecture optimizes data processing and analytics in distributed environments by combining edge and cloud computing technologies. It integrates edge devices (e.g., sensors, gateways, edge servers, industrial equipment) with cloud infrastructure and services for a seamless, consistent, low-latency experience.
With an edge-to-cloud platform, your enterprise data is no longer confined to a centralized data center. Instead, edge devices collect, process, and analyze data locally to produce real-time insights and drive immediate decisions and actions.
Once an edge device has processed the data, it can selectively send the information to the cloud for further analysis, long-term storage, or centralized management — leveraging the centralized platform’s vast computing resources, advanced analytics capabilities, and integration with other cloud services to amplify the power of data.
The Importance of Edge-to-Cloud Technology
Edge-to-cloud technology, such as the HPE GreenLake cloud platform, helps you improve agility to respond to shifting business requirements, capitalize on new opportunities, and accelerate time-to-market for new products.
You can have a consistent, unified view of all assets to eliminate information silos and increase your organization’s ability to leverage data to its fullest potential while delivering a seamless customer experience. Moreover, you can effectively manage work streams and ensure always-on connectivity, compliance, and security across remote sites.
An edge-to-cloud approach also supports digital transformation journey by meeting the demands of data growth, edge expansion, the incorporation of IoT devices, and the rise of distributed workforces. It delivers the flexibility to facilitate hybrid cloud adoption without the complexity and challenges that often come with these initiatives.
The Benefits of Edge-to-Cloud Technology
Here are some tactical advantages of using an edge-to-cloud technology platform:
Reduce latency: Process data locally to inform time-sensitive operations without waiting for the data to reach the cloud and the decision to be sent back to the edge.
Optimize bandwidth: Transmit only relevant or summarized data to the cloud to reduce bandwidth usage and the associated costs.
Modernize applications: Allow mission-critical workloads that can’t be moved to the public cloud to run efficiently on as-a-service platforms. You can lower compute and memory usage, accelerate application development, and achieve run-anywhere portability.
Improve reliability: Ensure the uninterrupted operation of critical applications because edge devices can continue functioning even if they’re temporarily disconnected from the cloud.
Enhance security: Process and filter sensitive data at the edge to minimize the risk of theft or exposure during transmission.
Maximize data availability: Keep large or business-critical datasets at the edge or on-premise instead of moving them to the cloud for fast analytics and retrieval.
Increase scalability: Leverage the flexibility of cloud infrastructure to manage edge devices efficiently and accommodate fast-growing data volumes.
Enable advanced analytics: Support edge computing with cloud resources (e.g., AI-powered analytics and machine learning algorithms) to generate deep data insights.
Maximize the Benefits of Edge-to-Cloud Technology
The key to unleashing the benefits of an edge-to-cloud approach is simplicity. Your platform should give you visibility over your hybrid infrastructure while centralizing operations across edges, data centers, co-locations, and public clouds.
HPE GreenLake helps organizations realize the benefits and potential of edge-to-cloud technology. The unified platform delivers a consistent cloud experience across all data and applications while ensuring the highest level of security and ease of management.
The fully managed platform can improve IT resource efficiency by 60%. Meanwhile, API integrations with your existing processes and tech stack support advanced automation so your team can focus on strategic initiatives, such as application development, AI/ML implementation, compliance, and cost management.
With HPE GreenLake, you can efficiently manage workloads, optimize performance, plan capacity, and provision new applications or infrastructure. Plus, the pay-per-use billing model helps you reduce costs and increase the predictability of your IT expenses.
Ready to explore how an edge-to-cloud technology approach can support your organization? As a long-time HPE Platinum partner, we can help you protect, analyze, and act on all your data and applications wherever they live to turn business insights into meaningful outcomes.
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