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Red Hat Edge

The same enterprise open source platforms helping IT leaders solve their business’ challenges are the platforms you can deploy closer to where data is collected: at the edge.

Red Hat’s portfolio of enterprise software is optimized for lightweight deployment on all kinds of hardware, letting you put the right amount of computing power in the right place—today and tomorrow.

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Edge computing use cases

Red Hat’s approach to edge computing focuses on 3 categories. Where the edge of your network is depends on your organization, architecture, and use case. Red Hat provides the platforms that support your workloads, wherever you need them.

Enterprise edge

Enterprise edge allows customers to extend application services to remote locations. It has a core enterprise data store—in a datacenter or as a cloud resource.

The challenges inherent in distributed IT deployments—whether they involve stores, restaurants, branch offices, transit stations, or other types of remote locations—are the kinds of problems that edge computing is built to solve. Like utilities company Brianzacque did by distributing data processing using microservices to analyze and market water quality at consumer fill up stations.

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Operations edge

Operations edge focuses on analyzing inputs in real time (from IoT sensors, for example) in order to provide immediate decisions which result in actions. For performance reasons this generally happens on-site. This kind of edge is a place to gather, process, and act on data.

This means improving Internet of Things (IoT) communications between third-party partners and central IT teams working for companies like Siemens. Or investing in software to more quickly process data collected at the steelmaking, mining, and smelting sites owned by Metalloinvest.

Provider edge

Provider edge manages a network for others, as in the case of telecommunications service providers. This kind of edge is focused on creating a reliable, low-latency network with computing environments close to mobile and fixed users.

Like the multi-access edge computing pods Vodafone Idea Limited will place near users to reduce latency. Or Rakuten Mobile’s cloud, which uses network-functions virtualization (NFV) to deploy new services closer to users at the edge. And ZTE Corporation built a microservices-based development platform to develop and deploy updates more quickly to customers using 5G networks.

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Red Hat CTO Chris Wright explains and explores edge computing.

Scale to the edge with Red Hat

Your IT strategy (and the software making it a reality) doesn’t need to change just because workloads are moving from servers in datacenters to edge devices hosted on clouds.

Everything should just work. Everywhere.

This is our approach to edge

The Red Hat Edge portfolio

The Red Hat portfolio of edge products brings the familiarity of our enterprise open source platforms out of your datacenter to the devices at the edges of your network.

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An OS that delivers a consistent, flexible foundation built to run enterprise workloads from data center to the edge. Provides an interoperable layer between edge devices to maximize performance, manageability, and stability in any edge environment.

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An enterprise container orchestration platform that extends Kubernetes capabilities to edge sites with consistent operations and application life cycle management at scale using flexible topology options to support low-latency workloads anywhere.

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An automation platform that uses event-driven architecture to decouple and reactivate services based on what happens at the edges of a network.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform

A foundation to help organizations build an edge computing architecture with distributed compute nodes placed closer to network edges.

Red Hat Integration

A set of integration and messaging technologies to connect applications and data across edge locations.