Remote computing is changing dramatically. Mobility, IoT, wireless connectivity, small-footprint software, and other technologies continue to drive digital activity everywhere. As a result, remote computing environments keep getting denser, more sophisticated, and more critical to the business.
Retailers, for example, now worry about more than just POS (point of sale) systems. They’re also delivering rich mobile experience to shoppers as they walk the aisles and maintaining smarter inventory management systems. Some are achieving high sell-through by doing real-time analytics on-site.
Healthcare providers are experiencing similarly intensifying remote compute activities as their clinical systems become increasingly digital; and, as they deliver care across larger, more dispersed networks of hospitals, clinics, and specialty practices. Added to these vertical-specific issues is the fact that buildings themselves are getting smarter and more connected. So every business depends on an increasingly intense remote computing environment to minimize its facilities costs while maintaining a safe, comfortable workplace.
So no matter what business you’re in, remote computing no longer serves merely as a utility that supports your geographically dispersed facilities. Those facilities are now as digital as they are physical. They have become your company’s New Digital Outposts (NDO). This requires significant rethinking and re-engineering by IT.
Remote computing is no longer about just sticking a server and a router in a supply closet. The New Digital Outpost requires an entirely new approach to provisioning that fulfills more demanding requirements for performance, availability, and total cost of ownership for remote computing
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