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Generating Insights at Edge in Any Environment
April 21, 2021 Blog


With more data being generated, faster than ever before, the need for deriving insights at a faster speed becomes paramount. How fast? Companies are now looking to generate real-time insights, the moment data is created.

While the data centre still plays a significant role, the only way for businesses to generate this extremely valuable real-time insight is by effectively processing data as near to its source as possible. To be able to achieve this, they need highly reliable edge hardware – servers that can process data at the point of creation. The unique constraints of data only make the whole process more challenging. Yet, the advancements of technology have now enabled edge servers to be able to handle massive amounts of data on the remotest of edges.

According to a Gartner report, 75% of enterprise data is expected to be processed outside a traditional centralised data centre or cloud by 2025. Without a doubt, organisations are going to require massive computing power on the edge. Some of the most advanced edge servers today exist outside the data centre to enable compute, networking, storage and security functions wherever users need them. Be it in mobile hospitals, onboard oil rigs, construction sites or even for military operations.

Some of these environments are known to be isolated, harsh and can be quite challenging for normal servers. If you look at the oil and gas industry in Malaysia, for example, modern offshore oil and gas platforms produce high amounts of data and rely heavily on data for their daily operations. This includes data not only from the oil refinery works and drilling but also from the growing smart machines being used on these platforms.

Building a data centre in such an environment would definitely pose a great challenge. While there are rugged infrastructures available, they also need to deliver the necessary performance to generate insights and analyse real-time data at the edge in order to meet the demands of the industry. Dell EMC PowerEdge servers excel on all these fronts – providing durability, reliability, performance on top of ruggedised features for the most demanding edge requirements.

Built for harsh, remote environments, the newly launched PowerEdge XR11 and XR12 ruggedised servers are purpose-built to provide enterprise performance outside the data centre. These servers can stand up to heat, cold, dust, vibrations and shocks with a hardened chassis and minimal footprint.

Now it’s not just the oil and gas industry that will benefit from these servers. As Malaysia embraces Industry 4.0, there will be a growing use of IoT machines and devices in various edge environments. Having a powerful server that is able to adapt to the environment is key in ensuring there is minimal disruption and deriving the true value of data.

For more information about Dell PowerEdge servers, click here.