Edge Computing Tech Journal for OT and IT Professionals

Edge computing is a distributed computing model in which data collection and analysis takes place near the physical source where data is generated rather than on a centralized server or in the cloud. This infrastructure usually involves the use of sensors at the source – either on an assembly line, an oil & gas pipeline, a pump, turbine, or other sort of machine. Edge platforms collect and analyst data from these sensors to securely process data in real-time on site, while also connecting other devices and applications such as laptops, SCADA, and smartphones to the network.

Edge computing is important because it creates new and improved ways for businesses to optimize operational efficiency, improve performance and safety, automate all core business processes, and ensure “always on” availability at industrial and enterprise-levels. It is a leading method to achieve the digital transformation of your business.

Increasing computing power at the edge is the foundation needed to establish autonomous systems, enabling companies to increase efficiency and productivity while enabling personnel to focus on higher value activities within the operation.

We’ve put together this compact Edge Computing guide for OT and IT professionals that outlines several use cases and benefits of Edge Computing – including technology tips for planning and approaching your edge strategy. We hope you find value in reading this collection of Edge Computing resources.

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Integrated Solutions for SCADA and Other Critical Applications

Supervisory and Control Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems are used to manage critical manufacturing applications and requires the right hardware and software combinations. This article outlines several possible successful configurations within an Edge environment.

Five IT/OT Essentials for Control Systems Projects with Cloud and Edge Computing

When planning a SCADA project within an Edge or Cloud environment, there are several possible pitfalls to avoid. In this article, we share five important considerations that will increase successful outcomes.

Five Steps to Successful Edge Integration

In most cases, Edge Computing is integrated with an existing architecture, rather than built from scratch. In this article, we discuss five steps to help you get started on a successful integration.

The Five Benefits of Virtualization at the Edge

Virtualization is a key technology that enables shared use of computing technology. This article outlines the three kinds of virtualization and the benefits they provide for Edge Computing.

Implementing an Edge Security Strategy

Like any technology, Edge Computing requires a security strategy. This article discusses issues around edge security and what to keep in mind when developing your strategy.