It\u2019s tempting to think of \u201cwork from home\u201d as characterizing today\u2019s distributed enterprises. But it goes way beyond that. Cloud and edge computing have emerged as key infrastructure components for modern enterprises. That\u2019s because edge IT infrastructure offers valuable benefits such as low latency for more responsive business and operational systems.\nThe name of the game is real-time computing that gives organizations more flexibility and agility. In the\u00a0edge computing era, enterprises seeking the benefits of real-time operations, data, and analytics have pushed the evolution of the technology stack away from the traditional data center and toward edge clouds, distributed data centers, and content delivery networks.\nThat\u2019s all to the benefit of businesses and the customers they serve. However, against this backdrop, assuring security and the performance of these mission-critical assets \u2014 both physical and virtual \u2014 is an ongoing IT challenge.\nHere\u2019s how IT organizations are getting help.\nThe edge IT management challenge\nMini data centers often lack the power backup, facilities engineering and support, and dedicated staff of big-ticket data centers. They often leave skeleton IT staffs on-site or none at all on a permanent basis to deal with any issues \u2014 from power and cooling failures to security breaches \u2014 that could prove devastating to the businesses they serve.\n\u201cThe potential for edge computing is a dream,\u201d says Adam Compton, Director of Strategy at Schneider Electric. \u201cAnd the potential for risk presented by the management of edge computing is a nightmare.\u201d\nTo tackle these issues, successful organizations are turning to comprehensive edge monitoring and dispatch solutions that can simplify remote management. \u201cThe obvious answer is that there needs to be a way by which you can monitor and maintain and manage all of this edge infrastructure,\u201d Compton says. Remote monitoring is nothing new, he says. \u201cThe ability to monitor IT hardware, including power infrastructure, has been around for the 23 years I\u2019ve been in IT.\u201d\nWhat is new is the sophistication of both distributed IT infrastructure and solutions available for monitoring and managing it.\nSophisticated solutions for a new era\n\u201cNow there are microdata center solutions which can provide all of the capabilities of a data center in a very, very small footprint, inclusive of the power,\u201d Compton says.\nTake uninterruptible power supply (UPS) solutions, for example. Modern UPS systems such as Schneider Electric\u2019s APC Smart-UPS Ultra are powered by lithium-ion batteries, allowing them to pack more energy into smaller spaces. These longer-lived systems also reduce the total cost of ownership for organizations deploying them compared with older, lead-acid battery-powered systems.\nRemote monitoring systems have come a long way, too, incorporating, among other innovations, open application programming interfaces (APIs) to provide compatibility with a wide range of systems and third-party partners.\nFor example, Schneider\u2019s EcoStruxure IT solution brings data analytics to bear on the problem of predicting when systems such as UPS units will need maintenance well before disaster strikes. A dispatch service that sends replacement parts and technicians the next day can serve as an excellent complement.\nCompton says finding the right trusted partner is a good place to start with getting a handle on edge IT management. \u201cThere\u2019s no question that it\u2019s overwhelming,\u201d Compton says. A trusted partner, he says, can go a long way toward combatting that overwhelm. \u201cWho can I trust to help me with it?\u201d Compton suggests IT professionals in charge of the edge ask themselves.