Dell launches Project Frontier initiative to advance edge computing

Dell Technologies this week launched the Project Frontier initiative that promises to simplify software deployment at the edge using integrated platforms that will be available in 2023.

Announced at a Dell Technologies Summit event, Project Frontier will create an integrated edge computing platform for vertical industry segments such as manufacturing and retail.

Dell CEO Michael Dell told conference attendees that these platforms will help customers simplify, optimize and scale their edge applications in a secure way.

Offerings can be centrally managed either by an in-house IT operations team or through managed services provided by Dell to simplify onboarding and ensure zero-trust security. The overall goal is to reduce the number of instances that might require field IT staff to configure and update.

According to a 2022 IDC survey, 42% of enterprises say the most challenging aspect of edge deployments is implementing a complete edge solution. To address this challenge, Dell is also launching a Dell Edge Design program through which it will work with customers to advance edge computing solutions.

Through its Dell Validated Design program, the company is already building cutting-edge computing platforms for specific customers, but the focus now is on making it easier to deploy cutting-edge computing platforms at scale.

The number of application workloads deployed on edge computing platforms is increasing sharply as organizations seek to process and analyze data closer to the point where it is created and consumed. In fact, this change is at the heart of many of the company’s digital transformation initiatives that depend on advanced computing platforms and devices running, for example, Internet of Things (IoT) applications to process data in time. almost real.

A major problem – and one that remains largely unresolved, in many cases – is that organizations lack the ability to consistently deploy software to leading computing platforms. This results in a hodgepodge of local tools deploying software to a wide range of leading computing platforms using manual processes that don’t scale well.

It’s too early to tell how much software will eventually be deployed at the edge, but one day there may be more software at the edge than there is in the cloud. Of course, the real challenge will be to unify the management of DevOps processes, regardless of where a given software might be deployed. In fact, Dell is betting that as edge computing continues to evolve, the line between edge computing and cloud computing will continue to blur until they are little more. only natural extensions of each other.

Dell, of course, isn’t the only IT vendor that sees edge computing as the next trillion-dollar computing opportunity. The options are already not lacking. The problem will be determining which IT vendor has the most robust edge computing ecosystem. In the meantime, DevOps teams would be well advised to review DevOps workflows now ensuring that they can truly scale. After all, as edge computing platforms continue to proliferate, their ability to build, deploy, update, and secure software is about to be tested.

Sherry J. Basler