Episode 316

Data at the Edge with Western Digital


August 12th, 2021

23 mins 44 secs

Season 2021

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About this Episode

The AI-enabled edge has fast become a part of nearly every enterprise IT architecture, but the machines that we deploy at the edge don't always look like the equipment in the data center. Edge requires a different way of thinking about IT architecture.

Scott Hamilton, senior director of product marketing and management at Western Digital, joins hosts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell to talk about deploying data solutions at the edge. Western Digital recently announced new edge-targeted enhancements to its Ultrastar line: the Western Digital Ultrastar Edge Server and the Western Digital Ultrastar Edge-MR.

The group talks about what makes edge different before getting into the new platforms from Western Digital.

00:00 The podcast begins.
01:06 Introductions with Scott
02:05 Before talking about the edge, a diversion into composable infrastructure
03:25 How is edge infrastructure different from traditional IT infrastructure?
06:20 The impact of AI at the edge
07:25 Western Digital's new Ultrastar Edge
08:17 The Ruggedized/Militarized Edge
11:10 Getting small at the edge
12:38 Are there verticals or workloads that dominate the edge?
14:00 How does WD view the future of edge computing?
15:50 Maneagabilty at the edge
18:00 Western Digital's differentiation at the edge
21:54 Matt & Steve digest the conversation, give their thoughts on both edge & Western Digital
23:30 Matt sings us out
23:44 The podcast ends.

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