Dell Technologies has announced Project Frontier. With the software platform, the tech giant aims to help companies gain more control over edge computing environments.
Dell Technologies sees edge computing as an important future solution for businesses and a means by which they can gain a competitive advantage. With the now introduced Project Frontier, Frontier for short, they get a software platform for completely secure management of edge infrastructure and applications.
The idea is that this should remove all the complexity around edge computing. By allowing this to take place from a central location and environment, specialist personnel no longer need to be present at all edge locations.
Companies deploying Frontier will have a centralized operations center for their entire edge environment, even if it has multiple global locations. The platform enables the secure onboarding of the required new applications and equipment, equipped with the right network, computing power and storage functionality, anywhere within the edge environment.
It is an open software platform that allows customers to add their own choice of applications, IoT frameworks, OT technology, multicloud environments and other future technology. Frontier also offers an open design to accommodate existing and emerging edge computing uses.
In terms of security, Frontier is based on Zero Trust for the various edge applications, data and underlying infrastructure. This Zero Trust architecture is applied throughout the structure of the respective edge environment; from design to actual (large-scale) rollout. The software platform also has end-to-end security measures for the underlying chain.
The centralized management offered by the platform ensures greater efficiency and reliability of all operations within the edge environment, Dell Technologies said. Because of this platform, there is also a need for a lot of IT expertise at the location. Automation helps streamline edge deployment for potentially thousands of locations.
In addition, integration of edge computing and storage hardware provides better maintainability and more security. Finally, Dell experts in 170 countries worldwide provide planning and support. These experts help customers design their edge deployments and build roadmaps to scale their edge infrastructure to meet new demands from their end customers.
Solutions and specific hardware
Project Frontier is supported by a variety of tools and hardware. For example, within this framework, Dell Technologies offers an enhanced Dell Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge Solution. This is kind of a blueprint for rolling out edge environments for the manufacturing industry. The solution includes access to Dell-validated partner applications, such as network protection or creating digital twins.
Frontier is also supported in terms of hardware, including the Dell PowerEdge XR4000. According to the tech giant, this is the least deep server it has ever launched. The server is 60 percent shorter than traditional data center servers and is the size of a shoebox. The PowerEdge XR4000 comes in two versions: a wider version that can be rack-mounted, and a more compact version that can be mounted on the wall or even the ceiling of a room. Furthermore, the server can withstand extreme weather conditions and can be expanded in slots.
Under the hood are Intel Xeon D processors and the necessary GPUs to run many edge workloads. It also powers the new Dell VxRail robust modular nodes for high performance and scalability for high-latency, low-bandwidth locations.
Employees can work on the edge of Project Frontier with the new Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme tablet. This tablet is adapted to the harshest environments and is protected against dust, water and extreme temperatures.