Enterprise Edge Computing Model – Introduction

This is to introduce the Enterprise Edge Computing Model. The goal is to provide a foundational understanding of Enterprise Edge computing requirements, objective values, product relevance and positioning. The model serves to help enterprise organizations evaluate, assess and plan an Edge progression path.


Edge computing changes how IT services are delivered, and this has changed how products are chosen, delivered and used. Enterprise Edge computing demands management products are evaluated on more than features and functions.

The impact of Edge computing is transformational. It requires IT organizations to evaluate how they are organized, the changes in process, the relevance of existing technology and most importantly, the ability to deliver business value.  The immediate challenge for Edge computing is it is diverse, confusing and undefined. Describing it in high-level abstract or generic terms is worthless as it provides little clarity and promotes vendor ‘edge washing’ where all products can be creatively positioned to address Edge.

The enterprise Edge computing model has been made possible through discussion and input with enterprise companies, analysts and industry experts.

The focus for the Enterprise Edge Computing Model is enterprise organizations that have multiple IT remote locations. The remote locations can be referred to as ‘Lights Out’ Edge datacenter consisting of a small equipment rack in multiple remote locations or multiple large distributed data centers. For many enterprises, Edge computing environments are diverse, non-standard, requiring new organizational models, sophisticated software application architectures and a high level of abstraction to visualize, deliver low touch control and the ability to scale and manage a heterogenous, mix of equipment. 

The three Enterprise Edge Computing Model posts deliver the following content:

  1. Enterprise Computing Edge Model – Common Attributes
  2. Enterprise Computing Edge Model – Product Values
  3. Enterprise Computing Edge Model – Edge Transformation

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