Dell introduces a new portfolio of Edge services, NativeEdge

Dell has also zeroed in on zero trust and introduced a modular deployment service as part of its new flagship offering.

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At Dell Technologies World this week, the company announced its new NativeEdge software platform. First announced last October as Project Frontier, the project has now been officially presented as a product, called NativeEdge, which will be available for purchase this August with a one- to three-year subscription.


What is Dell NativeEdge?

Dell NativeEdge is an edge operating software platform for edge infrastructure and application deployment, including mass deployment of devices, remote management and orchestration of multi-cloud applications in the data center or at the edge.

“When we started working on this and designing it, we had a lot of specific edge constraints that we designed,” said Gil Shneorson, vice president of extreme computing offerings, strategy and execution at Dell Technologies. These constraints included teams lacking skilled local resources and ecosystems, requiring a zero-trust architecture, or facing connectivity challenges ranging from incomplete satellite links to security vulnerabilities.

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“The use cases for modern edge workloads are diverse and growing, creating more complex infrastructure environments and edge operations,” said Jennifer Cooke, director of research at IDC Edge Strategies. “Dell’s introduction of Dell NativeEdge offers an interesting new solution that addresses this complexity.”

From a catalog of popular applications, applications can be deployed to each edge in an automated manner. These apps are powered by a tamper-proof device onboarding service, so the app can be delivered to a device, secured along the way, and automatically configured for the app it needs to run.

From there, Dell can deliver hardware and software into an operating environment and stand alongside it, manage those devices remotely and orchestrate applications across data centers and clouds, Shneorson said.

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“The timing couldn’t be better, as every day we hear from customers and prospects looking for new ways to deploy Fastly services…in environments beyond traditional data centers or the cloud,” said Artur Bergman, Fastly’s chief architect and founder.

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NativeEdge will be available in 50 countries from August 2023.

Other major announcements from Dell Technologies World

  • The company now offers ProDeploy Flex, a modular deployment service for production computing.
  • The Dell Private Wireless program has been expanded to include support for Airspan and Druid.
  • The Dell SONiC network operating system solution is now Dell Technologies 4.1 Enterprise SONiC Distribution.
  • In retail, the Dell Validated Design for Retail Edge with intelligent automation from inVia Robotics is designed to make last-mile warehousing more efficient with a single infrastructure stack for retail IT and applications.

Disclaimer: Dell paid for my airfare, lodging, and meals to Dell Technologies World May 22-25 in Las Vegas.