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Facilitating a hybrid IT strategy with the edge
Cloud technology is being adopted en masse among
facilities managers in Australia. Efficiencies such as
using mobile devices to log jobs, inspect facilities and
process requests at the touch of a button are driving facilities
managers to embrace cloud technology alongside traditional
This move towards hybrid IT has become a major
conversation in the facilties management industry here and
across the world. That conversation, however, is mostly
confined to public cloud and on-premises infrastructure.
This isn’t an easy balance to get right. How it comes together
will depend on what business goals and governance standards
facilities managers want to achieve. Are cost savings the end
game, or does it come down to operational efficiency? If you
can get it right, IT can truly become an enabler in maximising
Currently, however, many facilities managers are losing out
when developing a hybrid IT strategy, because they are not
considering the edge of the network.
Defining the edge
The edge means entry points into enterprise or service
provider core networks. This has traditionally centred on
routers, routing switches and desktop computers. In recent
years, the edge has exploded as we’ve added tablets,
laptops, smart phones, wearables and more into the mix.
This explosion has created the need for edge computing –
the process of moving computing power away from the core
data centre to the edge, where these devices are and where
data is now being created. This mostly takes the form of micro
or modular data centres, which are compact, plug-and-play
data centres that can be tucked away in any building or facility
without the need for a specialised room.
At Vertiv, we conducted research across our Asia-Pacific
customer base – including facilities managers – and found that
almost one-third of respondents were not fully aware of the
technology, and only one-third have set up their infrastructure
to accommodate it.
Our experience with facilities managers tells us that their
main needs where edge computing can help are:
3 remote and central monitoring
3 standardised and pre-integrated solutions
3 consistency in architecture
3 continuity and resilience
How the edge can benefit facilities managers and
If we look at the business benefits that edge computing can
bring, we get a real sense of its role, or the role it should have,
in the industry’s move towards hybrid IT.
Today’s facilities mangement customers have new needs.
Expectations about technology being ‘always on’, and
reliance on digital
services, mean that
and poor security
are no longer an
data centres are
data is created,
latency is reduced
monitoring through a single screen makes it simple, minimises
outage risk and increases redundancy.
Managing data at the edge also takes the pressure off other
data and applications going through the organisation’s core
data centre. You can also reduce costs if any of these apps are
generating high bills in the public cloud.
Moreover, having a simplified, automated and easily scalable
IT architecture frees up facilities managers to focus on how
they can use technology to improve the business at hand.
‘Babysitting data centres’ no longer needs to be part of the job
description, or a cause for late nights and weekends dealing
with IT issues.
Edge computing can be brought in for today’s facilities
management needs, not tomorrow’s guesses. If you need to
add to it, you can get another model, or upgrade to a bigger
model. Don’t limit yourself to public cloud/private infrastructure
when planning or deploying your hybrid IT strategy – consider
the edge, where the magic is happening, and make IT work for
To learn more about the edge and how Vertiv’s
smart integrated modular data centres can help your
organisation’s IT strategy, visit www.vertivco.com.
Robert Linsdell, Ventiv Managing Director, Australia
and New Zealand
BY ROBERT LINSDELL, MANAGING DIRECTOR, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND, VERTIV
Edge computing makes IT
infrastructure simple, automated
and easily scalable – freeing
up facilities managers to use
technology to improve the
business at hand
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