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Understanding the key requirements for deploying edge computing
Sunlight.io, the edge infrastructure company, commissioned analyst firm Omdia to conduct a piece of research into the challenges of deploying applications at the edge. The report brings to the fore that while edge computing isn’t new in itself, recent digitisation and consumer demands mean enterprises are shifting to edge - driven by low latency, data gravity and data privacy requirements. But a lot is still undefined.

Edge drivers and challenges

Sunlight.io, the edge infrastructure company, commissioned analyst firm Omdia to conduct a piece of research into the challenges of deploying applications at the edge. The report brings to the fore that while edge computing isn’t new in itself, recent digitisation and consumer demands mean enterprises are shifting to edge - driven by low latency, data gravity and data privacy requirements. But a lot is still undefined.

The paper explores:
●    Why defining the edge is not as easy as it sounds
●    What is driving this push to the edge?
●    The challenges of deploying the edge
●    Why the move to cloud-native is a new opportunity for HCI
●    Some final thoughts


Why backup is breaking hyper-converged infrastructure and how to fix it
The goal of a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is to simplify how to apply compute, network and storage resources to applications. Ideally, the data center’s IT needs are consolidated down to a single architecture that automatically scales as the organization needs to deploy more applications or expand existing ones. The problem is that the backup process often breaks the consolidation effort by requiring additional independent architectures to create a complete solution.

How Backup Breaks Hyperconvergence

Backup creates several separate architectures outside of the HCI architecture. Each of these architectures need independent management. First, the backup process will often require a dedicated backup server. That server will run on a stand-alone system and then connect to the HCI solution to perform a backup. Second, the dedicated backup server will almost always have its own storage system to store data backed up from the HCI. Third, there are some features, like instant recovery and off-site replication, that require production quality storage to function effectively.

The answer for IT is to find a backup solution that fully integrates with the HCI solution, eliminating the need to create these additional silos.