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The Edge Computing Journey of the Philippines and the Role of Dell Technologies’ Modern Servers
April 30, 2021 Blog


Emerging technologies are becoming the main drivers for digital transformation and innovation in developing countries, especially in the Philippines, where heavy internet usage and activity are consistently recorded.

In fact, the Philippines’ mobile internet user penetration was nearly 66% in 2019, among the country’s over 100 million population. In addition, there were 173.2 million mobile connections in the Philippines, which is equivalent to 159% of the total population.

As more and more Filipinos become more connected and tech-savvy, organisations have to be able to improve quickly to meet their rising demands for faster, always available and more personalised services. To achieve this, the use of technologies such as  AI and IoT is necessary. Meanwhile, edge computing is becoming a vital enabler for businesses to get the most out of these technologies.

According to a recent industry study, 17% of organisations in the Philippines listed edge computing as their most urgent priority, while 42% have begun to adopt this approach, having multiple edge sites for their business.

The edge computing approach is fast gaining prominence because it brings processing power closer to the data source and end-user, thus reducing latency to deliver the agility and speed required by advanced digital applications. For example, the edge can help enable more efficient purchasing via self-checkout counters, monitor and analyse real-time, granular data from a myriad of IoT devices and sensors, and enhance virtual reality or augmented reality capabilities to improve the end-user experience.

Currently, the top industries leveraging edge computing in the Philippines include banking and finance, education, business process outsourcing, healthcare and retail.

Due to the rapid adoption of more and more industries, edge computing increasingly requires heavy computing power. However, unlike those found in traditional data centres, the hardware involved cannot have the same bulky form factor or power-hungry infrastructure. Businesses that want to embrace the edge need powerful appliances that are smaller, more agile, flexible and sometimes, even more rugged.

Dell Technologies, with the advanced Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, provides adaptable systems that are ready to empower your organisation from multiple data centres and clouds to distant edge locations.

To realise businesses’ edge aspirations, the Dell EMC PowerEdge servers deliver compute for any location and operation with workload acceleration and faster memory specifically designed to thrive at the edge. The PowerEdge Servers are made available to Philippine businesses through trusted Dell Technologies partners such as Integrated Computer Systems, Inc. (ICS), which has been in service for over 40 years.

“Dell EMC PowerEdge servers are built for complex compute- and storage-intensive workloads to deliver rapid enablement for emerging technologies and use cases such as the edge. Knowing that edge computing is the perfect complement to the cloud, the latest servers from Dell Technologies aim to accelerate key workloads, improve performance and agility and enable new use cases for customers’ data centres”, said Lybie De Leon, ICS Product Manager for Dell Technologies.

Edge computing technologies are essential to fully realise a country’s digital transformation. The Philippines is now embarking on its edge journey, and modern servers, such as the Dell EMC PowerEdge portfolio, play a significant role in ensuring edge deployment success. To learn more, click here.