Dell at the Edge: Servers, Data Centers and Software for Deployment Anywhere

EnterpriseAI | February 20, 2020

Dell Technologies launched servers, a modular data center, telemetry management and streaming analytics software this week designed for the growing volumes of enterprise-generated data created and processed outside of data centers and the cloud – at the edge. Dell has long touted its integrated edge-core-cloud strategy, with the ultimate goal of supporting a future in which data emanates from virtually any object (Gartner: within two years, more than half of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed at the edge), is processed and produces analytics insights in near time. The “AI Everywhere” future will be enabled by the “holy trinity” of high performance computing, high speed networks and rapid machine learning. The challenges in achieving all this are many, particularly at the edge, whose demanding characteristics include high bandwidth, IT and security skills, space constraints, extreme weather, efficient power consumption and low latency, with the overriding need to deploy applications and infrastructure close to the point of data creation.

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One of the toughest problems facing enterprise IT teams today is troubleshooting slow applications. When a user complains of slowness in application access, all hell breaks loose and the blame game begins: app owners, developers and IT ops teams enter into endless war room sessions to figure out what went wrong and where. Have you also been in this situation before?

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One of the toughest problems facing enterprise IT teams today is troubleshooting slow applications. When a user complains of slowness in application access, all hell breaks loose and the blame game begins: app owners, developers and IT ops teams enter into endless war room sessions to figure out what went wrong and where. Have you also been in this situation before?

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Emerging Growth Opportunities for Low-Power Integrated Circuits and Radio Frequency (RF) Technologies

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O-RAN ALLIANCE Announces New Specifications, 3rd Global Plugfest and New Demonstrations of O-RAN Technology

O-RAN ALLIANCE | October 22, 2021

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