Respected marketing research firm IDC has stated that edge computing is poised to be $3.4 billion market opportunity by 2021. This means that edge computing is no longer just a buzzword but an imperative initiative for many industrial organizations.

Our top four articles of this past spring reflect the increasing curiosity around edge computing and the modernization benefits it brings to the industry.

Delivering On The Edge

The industrial world is increasingly focusing on the modernization of it’s infrastructure – including employing cloud computing principles and edge computing. David Laurello, President and CEO of Stratus discusses how traditional data silos are broken apart as the IIoT (Industrial Internet of things) brings real-time data collection.

“An energy company may have thousands of sensors collecting information from miles of pipeline; or a beverage company may rely on data analysis and improved economics to deliver seasonal beer on schedule.”

Laurello discusses a new approach to running business-critical applications at the plant level and introduces Status’s new ztC Edge product, an “IT-friendly platform that operational technology (OT) functions can use reliably without fail every day.”

How IIoT Cost Trends Impact Cloud and Edge Strategies

As more and more industrial companies prepare to implement an edge strategy the question of cost becomes increasingly important. John Fryer, Senior Director of Industry Solutions at Stratus addresses these questions, and shares the costs and ROI (Return on Investment) that organizations can expect when implementing IIoT strategies like edge computing.

Fryer’s walks readers through the evolution of a cloud based network, and the drawbacks that fueled the creation of edge computing. The post discusses how as the edge grows, automated tasks will move closer to the plant floor – creating an increased reliance on a fail-safe, easy to manage edge system.

Best Practices for Designing an Edge Computing Infrastructure

Ashish Nadkarni, Group Vice President at global intelligence firm IDC, shares how edge computing fits into an industrial organization’s modernization initiatives. The article discusses how CIOs and other IT leaders can successfully deploy an edge strategy, including itemized recommendations of due diligence

Nadkarni discusses how, “at first glance edge computing appears very homogenous” but that in reality it is “a multi-tiered mix of assets” that serves as a crucial link between field devices and the core system. This complexity combined with the lack of industry-wide standards creates a requirement for custom edge solutions.

Nadkarni’s blog recommends ground-up builds that include products like Stratus’s ztC Edge. He then goes into detail, itemizing the requirements necessary for a successful edge deployment.

Why Downtime is Unacceptable (Video)

Harold Jones Operations Superintendent at Virginia-based New Kent County Department of Public Utilities discusses why it was imperative that they transition to a virtual system that would eliminate the threat of downtime.

As the organization that provided clean water and waste management to New Kent, their need to have a fail safe system was high. As Jones says in the video, “Downtime is unacceptable. We have too much at stake in order to be completely down.”

The utilities department was relying a complicated server system that included a second, backup server. The problem was that, “when sometime was wrong, we found out when it went bad.” The short, video case study shares how the organization transitioned to an easy to use, virtualized setup that eliminated the threat of downtime.