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Edge computing is ready for dramatic growth in 2018. While various types of edge devices have been around for years, they were mostly relegated to ancillary or communications aggregation functions, with the vast majority of ‘real computing’ still being conducted in large centralized data centers. In 2018, that is all changing. Distributed computing and cloud-type services are now being fully deployed at the edge, requiring this new boundary to exhibit the same mission critical characteristics that were previously found only in centralized data centers. IT departments need to expand their definition of a data center to include reliable computing at the edge. This session will explore the ways in which IT Departments will be able to embrace the edge without incurring many of the same traditional risks associated with remote infrastructures.

Matt Thoene (bio)
Senior Vice President of Global Services
Uptime Institute