We closed out June with a Wikibon CrowdChat about storage at the intelligent edge. Hosted by Wikibon’s Peter Burris and James Kobielus, our conversation focused on how intelligent storage architectures lay the foundation for digital transformation. It was a timely chat. Enterprises are looking at how they can incorporate edge-oriented applications, and that raises questions about storage resources.
First among those questions: What does it mean to push storage to the intelligent edge? While participants took different angles on the answer, it all boiled down to the fact that the intelligent edge makes all data available quickly – as quickly as if it were on premise. Enterprises want their data close, but they don’t need it ALL in their data centers.
Edge computing and edge data centers are important concepts for enterprises, which need a single, high-performance, low-latency option. That doesn’t mean, however, that they need all their data in expensive, complex storage pools. Location should depend on the data’s lifecycle stage, with hot data close at hand, warm data nearby and cold data archived, perhaps in the cloud.
Throughout the CrowdChat, we talked about how edge storage networks can eliminate backup licenses, reduce management overhead and redundant infrastructure, and put an end to the need for multiple copies. Experts and influencers in the storage management market joined us to cover questions, including:
- What are the chief apps and benefits of moving storage to the intelligent edge?
- How should you manage primary storage alongside backup and recovery at the intelligent edge?
- How feasible is it to ensure rapid, no-loss data recovery as your edge network grows?
- Should you move all, or only a subset, of your data storage to the intelligent edge?
- What ROI metrics should you use to measure the payback of intelligent edge storage?
Check out James Kobielus’ roundup of the conversation, and tune in for our next webinar to learn more about transforming how you consume storage and access data.