Edge Computing

HC3® for Edge Computing

The modern distributed enterprise often consists of a central office where IT staff and operations are local and a number of remote edge sites with minimal or no IT staff. It is common for edge sites to be not just remote but quite far away making travel a complicated issue for internal support staff stationed at a primary site to service. Remote edge sites have computing needs, but often on a smaller scale than a primary site, not justifying the cost of similar infrastructure or any onsite staff.

A typical approach to dealing with edge infrastructure needs is to replicate the primary site's traditional, complex platform stack on a smaller scale. This approach often involves costly and unnecessary software licensing and hardware that makes little or no sense for the needs of the edge site. A SAN, for example, that might make sense for large scale storage consolidation at the primary site might offer no benefits but many caveats for the edge site. A complex system design means more cost to purchase, more cost to support, and ultimately a lot more risk to the business.

HC3 hyperconverged infrastructure is ideal for both the primary site and remote edge sites because it encapsulates the simplicity, scalability, and availability that reduce infrastructure management footprint. HC3 systems can be remotely managed through a single web interface that allows an administrator visibility into hardware and software components including hypervisor and individual VM consoles. HC3 scales from very small to enterprise infrastructure making it the right fit for any site.



Rapid Deployment

HC3 can be racked, cabled, powered on, configured in a matter of minutes, and VMs can be deployed and running in under an hour.

Self Healing

HC3 appliances have multiple redundancies for power, networking, and storage to continue operating if components fail. For example, the block access, direct attached storage system in HC3 can automatically recover from drive failure or failure of an entire node to keep VMs running while the failed component is replaced.

Web-Based Management

Administrators can quickly connect their web browsers to remote HC3 systems and manage storage and virtual machines from a single management interface.

Replication

VMs can be replicated between two HC3 systems with native, built-in replication. Replication can be local or remote across any distance and can be configured to replicate changes as often as every 5 minutes.

Remote Support Access

HC3 offers a remote access point exclusive to ScaleCare support to help diagnose support issues and take corrective actions if necessary.

When it comes to edge computing, HC3 shines because it was designed starting with the needs of the individual administrator in mind. Designed for minimal management of the infrastructure, HC3 allows one administrator to easily manage infrastructure remotely across multiple sites. The built in replication helps protect those remote sites without the need for an additional DR solution. HC3 and edge computing are a perfect match.