Hybrid Multicloud Edge Strategy

Capture Value at the Edge with Hybrid Multicloud Solutions

Discover how integrating edge computing with a hybrid multicloud strategy unlocks unparalleled efficiency and innovation that can be tailored for industry-specific needs.

Businesses across all industries are in search of more efficient ways to manage their extensive data and application needs. However, traditional cloud solutions often fail to meet the unique demands of industries that require immediate data processing near the source. This is where the power of hybrid multicloud strategies, complemented by edge computing, comes into play. By adopting these approaches, businesses can cater to their specific needs while setting a new standard for operational efficiency and innovation.


Support critical machinery in manufacturing

Industries such as manufacturing and oil and gas heavily rely on critical machinery and processes. However, the latency introduced by distant cloud environments can impede real-time insights, slow down processes and hinder value creation. A one-size-fits-all cloud strategy is no longer sufficient. What businesses truly need is access to solutions that combine the scalability of cloud computing with the immediacy and security of local processing – a hybrid multicloud strategy with edge computing at its core.

Many manufacturers operate facilities where machinery serves as the lifeblood of their business. In order to maintain optimal operation of these systems, low latency access and autonomy are required even in the event of a network disruption. Whether it's safety critical systems in oil and gas, robotics control in factories and warehouses, or local store control in retail, it is essential to leverage edge computing for running these workloads locally, reducing the risks posed by remote cloud environments.


Enable edge with private clouds

Private cloud infrastructures at edge locations empower organizations to support containerized applications, AI, or traditional virtual machines within a small footprint. This provides the ability to address local needs autonomously, without relying on hyperscale public cloud offerings that aren’t designed for these specific environments. By leveraging private clouds, critical functions can continue to operate even when local compute resources are available, helping to ensure business continuity and resilience.


Improve customer insights: use case

A prime example of the benefits of edge computing can be seen in the telecommunications industry. With equipment frequently scattered across multiple remote locations, gaining valuable insights becomes challenging. One major provider recognized that improving the customer experience necessitated insights from thousands of small cell sites worldwide. Moving all data and analytics to a distant cloud proved inefficient. Instead, this provider implemented regional edge computing, enabling capture of real-time insights at the locations of customer interactions. This empowered proactive service and led to increased customer satisfaction scores and subscriber retention.


Address edge limitations

Until recently, most organizations embraced a cloud-first or cloud-only strategy. During the pandemic, IT teams hurriedly moved workloads to public clouds without assessing the impact and considering business requirements at the edge, often leading to poorly served locations. Without the appropriate tools and processes in place, maintaining strong support across a large area became challenging. A hybrid multicloud model can address these challenges by centralizing relevant services directly in the cloud while powering mission-critical, location-dependent workloads locally.


Realize the potential of edge computing with hybrid multicloud

A balanced, hybrid approach that embraces edge computing offers unique opportunities for tailoring operations to suit each use case. Partnering with the right technology solutions provider enables companies to design flexible hybrid multicloud solutions that extract greater value from their technology implementations.

Computing and applications at the edge hold significant benefits for specific use cases. They can help maintain business availability, support production services, ensure compliance and even prevent injury or loss of life in extreme situations. By strategically incorporating hybrid multicloud solutions into your IT transformation journey, you can unlock the full potential of the edge and achieve seamless alignment between IT and business strategy.


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Simon Bennett

As Chief Technology Officer for EMEA regions at Rackspace Technology, Simon’s goal is to deliver end-value to customers with world-class multicloud solutions and services. He is focused on inspiring and supporting technical leaders to find the best-fit solutions combining a perfect blend of services and capabilities from the Rackspace Technology and partner portfolio. Simon’s extensive experience has been gained from working across a broad spectrum of industries. Simon previously worked for IBM for just over 20 years in leadership roles. Most recently, he provided technical pre-sales and detailed solution support for strategic deals within technology services.

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