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What is Red Hat Device Edge?

Red Hat® Device Edge extends operational consistency across edge and hybrid cloud environments, no matter where devices are deployed in the field. Red Hat Device Edge combines enterprise-ready lightweight Kubernetes container orchestrations using MicroShift with Red Hat Enterprise Linux® to support different use cases and workloads on small, resource-constrained devices at the farthest edge.

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Devices at the far edge need a different approach

Edge devices such as drones, IoT gateways, points of sale/information, and vehicle systems have to operate with limited computing resources, power, cooling, and connectivity. Additionally, they’re often hard to access, with little or no on-site technical expertise.

To meet these challenges, users need a flexible platform that can consistently support different workloads across devices and locations.

About edge computing

Edge computing shifts computing power away from core datacenters and distributes it closer to users and data sources—often across a large number of locations., providing faster response times, more reliable services, and a better application experience back to users.

Features

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Use case based deployment

Deploy and manage virtual or containerised workloads on resource-constrained edge devices, orchestrated with or without Kubernetes, on the same edge-optimized operating system.

Lightweight Kubernetes

Use container orchestration through MicroShift, an open source project built with the edge capabilities of Red Hat OpenShift, optimized for resource constrained devices.

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Edge-optimized OS capabilities

Automated device onboarding, customizable image generation,over-the-air updates, and intelligent rollbacks provided by Red Hat Enterprise Linux minimize the need for on-site expertise.

Consistent Kubernetes API

Use the same tooling that works with existing Kubernetes distributions like Red Hat OpenShift, including helm charts, Ansible Kubernetes playbooks, and CI/CD pipelines.

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Lifecycle management

Integrations with Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes, Red Hat Smart Management, and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform make it possible to manage tens of thousands of distributed nodes.

GitOps for consistency

Use Git code repositories to deploy a consistent platform image across potentially tens of thousands devices.

Benefits

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Deploy only what you need

Meet the needs of different use cases, devices with limited hardware resources, locations, and workload types.

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Use one platform for your workload journey

Start with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, then add Kubernetes, or deploy both - Red Hat Device Edge provides the flexibility to meet evolving use cases.

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Ensure operational consistency

Use the same tools and processes across your edge and hybrid cloud deployments so that your teams can focus on driving innovation as the architecture scales.

Use cases

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Data analysis

Use Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) powered applications to gather and process data at remote locations faster.

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Workload deployment 

Deploy and manage workloads that are virtual, containerized or running on bare metal.

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Remote management 

Manage thousands of devices at scale consistently across edge and hybrid cloud architectures.

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Edge computing helps organizations build innovative applications, react faster, gather, analyze and turn data into actionable tasks faster. 

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