Centrally Manage 1000s of Edge Locations

Platform9’s SaaS Management provides zero-touch edge operations for your remote Kubernetes clusters, VMs and Bare Metal with a 99.9% SLA

Are you facing these Edge challenges?

It takes days to troubleshoot

Lack of on-site technical staff

No centralized management

Thousands of control planes across geographic locations drives up maintenance and staffing cost

It takes months to update applications and OS

Lack of CI/CD, remote automation, and security/access controls

High cost per location

Each edge location is unique and disparate, with different hardware and software​

50% Edge deployments will fail

Gartner

How to Overcome Four Major Challenges in Edge Computing 4 November 2019

“Through 2022, 50% of edge computing solutions that worked as proofs of concept (POCs) will fail to scale for production use.”

Current solutions are not designed for Edge

Lack of Central Management

Kubernetes Management Software (e.g Rancher) or traditional virtualization solutions (e.g VMware vSphere) have a single control plane to manage one or at best a few data centers and/or few Kubernetes clusters. If you apply this approach to the edge, you will have thousands of control planes across all locations, leading to escalating maintenance and staffing costs.

Lack of Infrastructure Flexibility

Public clouds are designed for hyper-scale homogenous regions. They do not easily work with distributed, non-homogenous edge infrastructure. For example, AWS Outposts does not run or manage workloads on any edge infrastructure the user already owns.

Lack of Infrastructure Flexibility

Day-2 Operational Challenges

Upstream open source stacks such as Kubernetes and OpenStack do not solve for ongoing day-2 operations like upgrades and monitoring. Doing it yourself (DIY) is expensive and can take months or years to implement and operate. It is also challenging to hire and retain open source and cloud operational staff.

Day-2 Operational Challenges

Kubernetes Management Software

Lack of Central Management

Kubernetes Management Software (e.g Rancher) or traditional virtualization solutions (e.g VMware vSphere) have a single control plane to manage one or at best a few data centers and/or few Kubernetes clusters. If you apply this approach to the edge, you will have thousands of control planes across all locations, leading to escalating maintenance and staffing costs.

Public Clouds

Lack of Infrastructure Flexibility

Public clouds are designed for hyper-scale homogenous regions. They do not easily work with distributed, non-homogenous edge infrastructure. For example, AWS Outposts does not run or manage workloads on any edge infrastructure the user already owns.

Lack of Infrastructure Flexibility

Open Source Solutions

Day-2 Operational Challenges

Upstream open source stacks such as Kubernetes and OpenStack do not solve for ongoing day-2 operations like upgrades and monitoring. Doing it yourself (DIY) is expensive and can take months or years to implement and operate. It is also challenging to hire and retain open source and cloud operational staff.

Day-2 Operational Challenges

Platform9’s SaaS Managed Kubernetes provides the solution

SaaS Management Plane

Centrally Manage 1000s of edge clouds

Ensure consistency, control, and governance with one SaaS management plane. Quickly stand up new edge locations. Automate from the bare-metal up.

Remotely deploy Kubernetes, VMs or bare metal apps to the edge with a few clicks

Leverage powerful open source cloud frameworks, OpenStack, Kubernetes, without the operational overhead

Use your existing x86 infrastructure:

No more proprietary hardware or lock-in. Get infrastructure flexibility and freedom you deserve.

Benefits

Faster time to market

Operationalize edge clouds in days instead of months.

Reduced Operational Costs

Maintain edge locations with little additional staffing. Reduce time spent on low-level infrastructure tasks and special skills

Infra Flexibility

Leverage existing or 3rd party hardware in edge locations

Self-Service API automation

Provide developers self-service capabilities so they can automate application deployment with API driven CI/CD

Central SaaS Management

Provide developers self-service capabilities so they can automate application deployment with API driven CI/CD

Upstream open source

Leverage innovation of open source technologies without the operational burden

Use Cases

Retail Smart Store

Transform customer experiences to increase revenue per store

  • Enable immersive (AR/VR) customer experiences in the store
  • Enable ML/AI based intelligent demand based stocking of goods
  • Deliver faster real-time video analytics
  • Provide seamless user experience of online and in-store transactions

How Platform9 Helps

  • Automated API-driven CI/CD for developers to remotely and automatically deploy and update AI/ML, Point of Sale, video surveillance, and other applications with a few clicks. ​
  • Reduce deployment times to 1000s of store locations from months to hours
  • Remotely and centrally manage the life-cycle of the in-store infrastructure and applications

5G Telco Edge

Accelerate 5G-enabled Use Cases to Drive new Business Opportunities

  • Enhanced Mobile Broadband – high-speed – eMBB. e.g. AR/VR,Audio/Video streaming etc.
  • Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communication: uRLLC. e.g. Autonomous vehicles, Smart City & Traffic Management
  • Massive Machine Type Communication (IoT) – mMTC. e.g. IoT/Edge Compute

How Platform9 Helps

  • Centrally deploy and run Kubernetes and CNF (Containered Network Functions) across 10,000s of cell towers and Central Offices
  • Fully automate CNF life cycle management with custer-level and network APIs
  • Leverage advanced networking for low-latency, high-performance capabilities at scale

ISV Software Delivery

Automate software deployment across all of your customers

  • Enable agile development and delivery using CI/CD pipelines 
  • Improve development and operations staff productivity  
  • Reduce support and maintenance costs

How Platform9 Helps

  • Deliver rapid and frequent application updates directly to your customer locations
  • Remotely manage and automate life-cycle maintenance of of your software
  • Reduce troubleshooting and support time through remote monitoring, alerting, and secure access

Solving the Edge Platform Challenge

Platform9 SaaS model is one of kind approach that delivers large-scale edge solutions to transform customer experience, help scale operations, deliver time to value, and drive down costs.

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