With data strewn across multiple edge sites as well as the cloud and on premises,  organizations are struggling to make essential information easily accessible to users—a challenge that limits their ability to advance as a data-first business.

Migrating data from edge to cloud and from site to site is one way to resolve the issue, but migration introduces its own complexity, cost, and management challenges. Moreover, shuffling massive amounts of information back and forth between the edge, on premises, and cloud introduces governance issues and security vulnerabilities. And in a real-time world, the time required for secure data transfer and management can push key insights outside the window for impactful action.

A better solution?  Skip migration and the associated headaches, and instead unify data and operations. This ensures data can be acted on where it lives, in real time, if required. The shift is business critical for many scenarios:

  • Healthcare facilities that need real-time access to patient records
  • Retail businesses that install video cameras to capture theft at self-checkout stands
  • Manufacturers deploying smart vibration sensors on equipment to optimize factory uptime and quality operations.

Distributed enterprises like these are creating and capitalizing on huge volumes of data at the edge, garnering critical insights without having to migrate data to act.

“Data-first businesses make decisions based on analysis of data, and anything that gets in the way of accessing and analyzing data is an impediment,” says Al Madden, Edge and IoT Marketing at HPE, adding that the more data, the more taxing the challenge. “Acting on data where it lives can eliminate a lot of IT headaches and allow enterprises to drive results faster and more efficiently.”

HPE GreenLake eliminates the data migration burden

Every action generates data, much of it requiring a rapid business response. Being data first requires knowing where data originates and architecting the IT infrastructure so that decisive actions can be taken at the right place and the right time.

Increasingly, the place where business happens is at the edge, now the dominant source of enterprise data thanks to accelerated digitization. Yet because of the very nature of the edge, transitioning to edge computing is a more diffuse and larger-scale undertaking than data center modernization. The issues, infrastructure, and dependencies are more complex at the edge, and every organization has a different focus, with needs and capabilities that continually expand and contract. The optimal solution will vary by business, the volume of data generated, the use cases for that data, and how quickly an organization needs to act on data to drive results.

The HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform can help businesses simplify IT infrastructure and eliminate data migration headaches. HPE GreenLake unifies data across the organization, providing a cloud-like experience wherever data lives. With HPE GreenLake, there is one source of data, from edge to cloud, complete with enterprise-grade governance, security, and availability. Because data doesn’t have to be migrated, organizations are free to focus on what it takes to deliver reliable and consistent data for analytics processes right at the point of origin.

HPE Services has the industry experts and industry-leading experience to help companies navigate this journey, starting in the planning and strategy stages all the way through to operations. With the right partner and platform, organizations can tailor solutions to fit business needs, avoid data migration headaches, and accelerate the journey to becoming data first.

To learn how HPE GreenLake can help you connect your edge, click here.