Edge computing presents unique challenges for organizations. Unlike centralized computing methods, it’s varied to an extreme degree. And not only in hardware design. Edge computing differs in application types, deployment strategies, and performance requirements. To illustrate, think of edge devices on the manufacturing floor. These need to be rugged, perhaps capable of working in high-dust or unstable environments. In contrast, edge devices that serve a content provider from a colocation need density and speed to ensure that content is readily available and can be transmitted on demand. The unique qualities of edge computing require businesses to approach it differently from other computing paradigms. How can companies adopt the right mindset to build their edge infrastructure successfully?
Edge Infrastructure Design Starts With End-User NeedsEdge infrastructure is heterogeneous, and companies can’t expect generic designs to work for every problem. They must consider how solutions will impact the end-user experience, whether that be an employee on the manufacturing floor or someone using a software solution. Our approach starts with discovery to ensure the user's needs are front and center.
- Discovery and assessment. During the discovery phase, we analyze your organization’s unique challenges, technology requirements, and end-user experience. For example, it’s important to consider how long users expect to wait, where they’re located, and the hardware they’ll use. We can then apply our knowledge of edge computing to identify the most suitable architecture, components, and level of customization.
- Solution design. Your infrastructure needs may require more than a few tweaks to off-the-shelf hardware. Our design services allow you to fully customize your solution and optimize it for your use case — whether you need to prioritize compute, storage, networking, rack integration, or a combination of these.
- Prototyping. We build and test the solution design to ensure it will function as desired. During this phase, we work to reduce costs and expedite building time. We do this by testing as many off-the-shelf components as possible to limit what needs to be custom-built.
- Build documentation. At this stage, we’ll develop the documentation that will help us manufacture your custom hardware in bulk. You’ll receive the bill of material and engineering change management documents for full transparency on your hardware. If hardware passes the production run, it can move to the final and most exciting phase.
- Certification. Your products have now received the seal of approval after being tested thoroughly. We now ensure everything is compliant for distribution in your required markets and start the deployment and integration of your hardware.