As edge computing deployments get under way, organizations need to make their edge computing sites resilient. As the saying goes, \u201cyou\u2019re only as good as your weakest link,\u201d so if edge computing locations are allowed to be the weakest link in a multi-location environment, the entire network surely will suffer.\nYou can\u2019t have a truly resilient IT deployment without resilience at these edge computing sites. So organizations have to harden these sites with best-in-class technology as they do at centralized and regional data centers. Organizations need redundancy, security and management controls designed to prevent downtime.\nThe gap between downtime in data centers and edge computing sites is significant. The average data center experiences 30 minutes\u00a0of downtime yearly compared to 29\u00a0hours \u2013 or 1,740 minutes \u2013 at edge computing sites. Now multiply the edge computing sites by dozens, hundreds or thousands, and the cumulative amount of downtime is staggering. It can really put a damper on your operations, especially considering the types of applications running at these edge computing sites \u2013 business-specific processing and analytics applications requiring real-time responses.\nCheck out this video to learn even more about the changing IT needs in the market driven by IoT and why it is important to bolster local edge computing sites.\nResilience at Edge Computing Sites is a Critical Requirement\nWhy is resilience at edge computing sites so critical? In modern hybrid IT environments, local edge computing creates a high-performance bridge for public and private clouds, co-located corporate data centers and local on-premise IT deployments.\nThe reason edge computing deployments are necessary has to do with the immediate nature of the applications in IoT environments. We\u2019re talking applications that require real-time processing and analytics, such as mobile banking and healthcare device monitoring. In either case, latency in data transmissions can be seriously problematic.\nIf the data for these applications has to travel all the way to a cloud infrastructure somewhere, it is bound to experience latency. That\u2019s why, rather than relying on centralized cloud environments for IoT, organizations are building edge computing sites much closer to where the data needs to be processed for prompt action.\nThe Shift to Decentralized IT Deployments\nThe emergence of edge computing is just another in a series of pendulum swings for IT deployments. Initially IT was centralized, with the mainframe at the heart of it all. Later on, computing was decentralized and replaced with a distributed client\/server model that helped drive down costs and increase scalability. But those networks kept growing, often in unkempt ways that added costs, complexity and management challenges.\nIn the past decade, the tide turned back to a centralized model as clouds based on virtualized environments replaced physical servers, delivering better scalability and flexibility and lower costs. Now, as IoT takes hold,\u00a0it\u2019s clear centralization is limited in supporting applications for which the cloud was not designed.\nThe cloud was conceptualized for specific applications such as email, productivity applications and communications. Applications were binary and performance wasn\u2019t a major consideration. Either they were available or not. In the world of IoT, performance is paramount for functions such as smart fitting rooms and augmented reality in retail locations, connected operating rooms and smart beds in hospitals, mobile banking and autonomous driving.\nThese applications are different from those developed for the cloud in several ways:\n\nHigher bandwidth requirements\nLower latency requirements\nStricter regulations pertaining to customer data management\n\nIncreased Need for Remote Monitoring of Edge Computing Sites\nTo increase resilience at edge computing sites, which typically are unstaffed and too often deployed in an ad hoc fashion, organizations need to understand three imperatives that help minimize downtime:\n\nRemote site management\nPhysical security\nStandardized, redundant deployment\n\nAccess Edge Computing Resources\nAPC by Schneider Electric offers solutions that are ideal for edge computing sites because they address all three pillars. By deploying these remote management solutions, organizations will ensure their edge computing sites don\u2019t become the weakest link in their IT environment, and instead, gain Certainty in a Connected World.\nTo learn more about edge computing solutions, review our edge computing resource page, which includes white papers, videos and more to help you explore options for your business.\u00a0 Also, access our free white paper, \u201cWhy Cloud Computing is Requiring us to Rethink Resiliency at the Edge,\u201d to learn how edge computing solves business challenges.