Edge computing allows a business to place infrastructure in remote locations that lack IT staff to deliver new applications that take advantage of locally generated data to improve operations, services, experiences and products.
A common use case for edge computing arises from Internet of Things (IoT) applications. In these situations, sensors produce large amounts of data at remote locations that need to be processed in real time and acted on. Typically, these applications can't tolerate the network latency involved in sending data back to the cloud or other location for processing.
Another use case for edge computing occurs in applications for High Performance Computing (HPC), where computing clusters have resources located in distributed geographical regions near data sources that may span a city, a country or the globe.
In both cases, organizations find themselves needing to deploy, manage and monitor these distributed computing resources efficiently and effectively, often without the benefit of local IT staff. The solution is to deploy and centrally-manage these resources as a single clustered infrastructure.
"With the edge capabilities we’re delivering in Bright 8.2, organizations can now easily deploy and manage compute across their on-prem data centers, the public cloud, and the edge as a single shared infrastructure through a single interface"
-Bill Wagner, Bright Computing
Bright Edge is a feature of Bright Cluster Manager that allows organizations to deploy and centrally manage computing resources in distributed locations as a single clustered infrastructure, from a single interface. The distributed computing nodes deployed and managed by Bright Cluster Manager can be imaged to support any workload, re-imaged on the fly to support different workloads when desired, and are monitored to ensure that you always know precisely what’s going on. And, when you need to add more computing capacity at any location, bringing additional nodes online is quick and easy.
Bright Cluster Manager ensures security for the entire distributed cluster using a combination of security technologies including SSL authentication, and by encrypting the management and provisioning data traffic. Additional security can be implemented using virtual private networks (VPNs).
Bright Edge provides the means to deploy edge servers securely over a network, or from local media. No onsite personnel are needed for network deployment, and for local media deployments, no special expertise is required. What's more, Bright Cluster Manager's deployment method allows for smooth installations everywhere, even to sites that are only reachable over low bandwidth connections.