Schneider Electric releases research to help IT industry navigate edge computing challenges

Published: 27 September 2019 - 5 a.m.
By: Carla Sertin

By 2024, companies will spend more than $650bn per year on digital transformation. But enabling digital transformation has created challenges as IT professionals plan highly distributed IT edge computing networks.

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has released two new e-guides to support the IT industry in addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by edge computing – available free to IT and data centre professionals, managed service providers (MSPs) and value added resellers (VARs).

  • Developed in partnership with the independent research firm Canalys, the new e-guide “How to Capitalize on the Edge Computing Opportunity” is designed to help MSPs and VARs identify new revenue streams by supporting customers in their edge computing strategy.
  • “Buyer’s Guide to Edge Infrastructure Management” identifies the right questions to ask and key steps IT and data center professionals should take before selecting and deploying an edge infrastructure management solution.

The e-guides deliver proprietary research from Canalys, guidance from IT leaders, and insight garnered from years of R&D developing IT and data center solutions under the APC by Schneider Electric brand. They are available now on APC.com and SE.com.

Practical guidance to solve edge computing challenges

Edge computing is designed to put applications and data closer to devices - and their users. While cloud computing drove the creation of mega data centers, edge computing brings distributed IT with an exponential number of micro data centers. This new environment reduces latency and increases availability of data, ensuring IT systems can deliver the benefits of digital transformation. With a highly distributed network, IT professionals need to address new issues including lack of on-site IT staff, physical and cyber security, a lack of integrated or standardized systems and, as a result, poor resiliency.

“Our reliance on digital experiences is ever-increasing, changing how we personally interact with each other and the companies with whom we do business. A digital customer experience is now a business imperative and IT professionals – from end users to VARs and MSPs -- are navigating a complex new hybrid IT world,” said Jamie Bourassa, VP IT Channel Strategy, Schneider Electric. “We have developed these guides, along with tools and other resources, to remove some of the complexity from the process of developing a unique edge computing strategy.”
Edge Computing offers new service and solution revenue for channel partners.

“How to Capitalize on the Edge Computing Opportunity” is an in-depth e-guide presenting the results of Canalys’ primary research of more than 350 IT channel respondents regarding edge computing opportunities and challenges.

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