The Edge…

It’s a fascinating word, but what does that mean here? Are we talking about the sonic architect behind great ’80s riffs like Where the Streets Have No Name?

Cool guy, but he’s not what we’re after today. We’re talking about computing, so what could this mean here?

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the first definition of the word Edge is “the cutting side of a blade.” Sounds interesting, and a little dangerous, but that’s not what we’re after either.

The second definition listed by Webster’s is “the line where an object or area begins or ends.” That’s actually closer to where we’re going. The edge we’re talking about here is the boundary between the traditional data center and the real world.

The Wikipedia article on Edge Computing opens as follows:

Edge Computing is pushing the frontier of computing applications, data, and services away from centralized nodes to the logical extremes of a network. It enables analytics and knowledge generation to occur at the source of the data.

At Citrix, we’ve been working with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to explore new territory in application deployment. We’ve had tremendous joint success with customers deploying HPE Moonshot servers with XenApp and XenDesktop. Now we’re pushing that further. HPE’s new Converged Edge Systems is designed to operate outside of the traditional data-center, pushing computing closer to the users.

Together with HPE, we’ve developed a new architecture around HPE Edgeline EL4000 with XenApp, XenDesktop and XenServer to allow graphically rich, high-performance applications to be deployed right at the edge – getting all that compute power where you most need it. And, now we’re working together on next-generation IoT solutions that bring together the HPE Edge IT and Citrix Workspace IoT strategies.

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It’s an exciting time and we’ll be talking more about it at HPE Discover London this week. Also, you can read more about this in Dr. Tom Bradicich’s recent blog post over at the HPE website.

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