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How to give your industrial platform a real edge

Author : Paige West - Editor DPA & Connectivity

03 September 2018

According to a recent Gartner report, “By 2022, more than 50 percent of Industrial IoT analytics will be performed at the edge, up from less than 10 percent today.” With this growth comes the need for easier ways to ensure the availability of applications that run critical operations at the edge and collect and process data.

I caught up with Jason Andersen, Vice President, Business Line Management at Stratus Technologies, just after the company released the first product from its edge computing strategy in the UK. 

What is edge computing?

Edge computing puts processing power closer to where measurement and decision-making occur in the control loop. There has been an expectation in industry that many tasks would be associated with the cloud due to the amount of processing required. However, organisations today are finding they don’t have the connectivity required throughout their operational technology (OT) infrastructure to send massive amounts of data to and from the cloud. Nor do they have the time, and often there are security concerns too. With edge computing, data is collected, processed and actioned on-site, and not in the server room, but where the application is running – at the edge - and most importantly, in real-time. 

Read the full article in the September issue of DPA

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