Edge cloud trends are clear, but also give rise to new operational challenges. The breadth and scale of the edge make existing architectures totally insufficient. The cost and complexity of management make traditional virtualization and process solutions at the edge far less effective. Remote management will be required to overcome the lack of technical staff or easy access. Managing these sites’ availability and governance will also be critical as remote sites are inherently not as secure and do not have reliable network connectivity as central locations.
It may be tempting to try to solve many of these issues via the public cloud model. However, the public clouds are designed for tens of homogenous regions, and existing edge infrastructure is not tethered seamlessly to the public cloud. Operating edge clouds at scale, whether using Kubernetes, VMs or bare metal requires a fundamentally different architectural approach and model.
In this white paper we’ll discuss Edge Platform challenges and solutions to provide you guidance on how to navigate this emerging edge opportunity.