\u201cThe IT industry has done a good job of making robust data centers that are highly manageable, highly secure, with redundant systems,\u201d says Kevin Brown, SVP Innovation and CTO for Schneider Electric\u2019s Secure Power Division.\n\nHowever, he continues, companies then connect these data centers to messy edge closets and server rooms, which over time have become \u201cmicro mission-critical data centers\u201d in their own right \u2014 making system availability vital. If not designed and managed correctly, the situation can be disastrous if users cannot connect to business-critical applications. \u00a0\nTo avoid unacceptable downtime, companies should incorporate three essential ingredients into their edge computing deployments: remote management, physical security, and rapid deployments.\nRemote management\nDepending on the company\u2019s size, staff could be managing several \u2014 or many multiple \u2014 edge sites. Not only is this time consuming and costly, it\u2019s also complex, especially if protocols differ from site to site.\nWhile some organizations might deploy traditional remote monitoring technology to manage these sites, it\u2019s important to note these tools: don\u2019t provide real-time status updates; are largely reactionary rather than proactive; and are sometimes limited in terms of data output.\nCoupled with the need to overcome these limitations, the economics for managing edge sites necessitate that organizations consider a digital, or cloud-based, solution. In addition to cost savings, these platforms provide:\n\nSimplification in monitoring across edge sites\nReal-time visibility, right down to any device on the network\nPredictive analytics, including data-driven intelligence and recommendations to ensure proactive service delivery\n\nPhysical security\nSmall, local edge computing sites are often situated within larger corporate or wide-open spaces, sometimes in highly accessible, shared offices and public areas. And sometimes they\u2019re set up on-the-fly for a time-sensitive project.\nHowever, when there is no dedicated location and open racks are unsecured, the risks of malicious and accidental incidents escalate.\nTo prevent unauthorized access to IT equipment at edge computing sites, proper physical security is critical and requires:\n\nPhysical space monitoring, with environmental sensors for temperature and humidity\nAccess control, with biometric sensors as an option\nAudio and video surveillance and monitoring with recording\nIf possible, install IT equipment within a secure enclosure\n\nRapid deployments\nThe benefits of edge computing are significant, especially the ability to bring bandwidth-intensive computing closer to the user, which leads to faster speed to market and greater productivity.\nCreate a holistic plan that will enable the company to quickly deploy edge sites, while ensuring resiliency and reliability. That means having a standardized, repeatable process including:\n\nPre-configured, integrated equipment that combines server, storage, networking, and software in a single enclosure \u2014 a prefabricated micro data center, if you will\nDesigns that specify supporting racks, UPSs, PDUs, cable management, airflow practices, and cooling systems\n\nThese best practices as well as a balanced, systematic approach to edge computing deployments will ensure the always-on availability that today\u2019s employees and users have come to expect.\nLearn how to enable resiliency within your edge computing deployment at\u00a0APC.com.