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Red Hat’s Garrett Clark: Hyperconverged Infrastructure, Open Source Could Help Agencies Advance Move to Edge Computing

Garrett Clark, practice lead of OpenShift virtualization, storage and hyperconverged infrastructure for the North American public sector business at Red Hat, said hyperconverged infrastructure and open source could help government agencies streamline the adoption of edge computing to improve mission outcomes.

Clark wrote that hyperconverged infrastructure is a key component in the transition to edge computing because it combines storage, compute and networking into a single package.

“Furthermore, it streamlines the deployment of multiple environments and simplifies long-term maintenance, enabling nontechnical employees to operate it,” he added.

Clark said there are two reasons that make open source a key component of edge computing.

“First, open source is much more secure than its proprietary counterparts due to the increased transparency,” he said. “Second, open source supports a level of innovation most proprietary systems simply can’t match. When thousands of people work on a technology, that gives it a substantial advantage in terms of new ideas and accelerated innovation.”

He cited Red Hat’s KubeFrame for AI-Edge package and discussed how it could help agencies streamline deployments to advance their move to edge computing.

Clark also noted that edge computing could help agencies speed up analysis and decision making and collect “more targeted, relevant data.”

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