“Application performance has everything to do with proper WAN design,” Phan said. “Most enterprises focus on the application but they forget about the network. We must design for the future, which is hybrid multicloud. In a global WAN architecture, we must position the customer to localize application and IT services.”
Indeed, “think local” underscores the whole purpose of edge computing. Examples of applications include self-driving vehicles, medical monitoring, and monitoring in far-off areas such as oil and gas fields. Each of these represents use cases where latency and data compromise would cause serious problems, even to the extent of endangering lives. As such, with edge computing, enterprises still use cloud technology, but they choose data centers (including on-premise setups, when needed) close to each office, remote worker or hub. At the same time, 5G also is proving integral to the hype surrounding edge computing.
With edge computing demand growing, Phan and Patel aim to educate partners as much as possible during their session. Part of that will include talking through issues related to DevOps and cost optimization. After all, teams must design the most efficient clouds; they either need partners to provide guidance on those efforts or handle them in a managed services or business process outsourcing model. Phan agreed.
“Clouds are forcing customers to build better, and to operationalize this new architecture, they need to adopt a DevOps mentality,” Phan said. “Teams with specialized skillsets need to collaborate to deliver services instead of siloed functionality typically found in today’s enterprises. Understanding this architecture will optimize cost while delivering exceptional service.”
Edge computing started trending before COVID-19 hit. But the pandemic spurred more such deployments as it proved its mettle in keeping data on-site, where enterprises need it most. The time has come for channel partners — VARs, system integrators, managed service providers, agents and others — to gain a thorough understanding of this digital transformation enabler.