It’s an Edge-Y NUC World

Mark Houtz had the opportunity to attend the first Edge Field Day where he heard from Scale Computing, Avassa Systems, Mako Networks, Opengear, and more. One topic that stood out was the use of Intel NUCs in edge deployments. While Intel has decided to exit the PC business, other vendors like Simply NUC are stepping in to continue the NUC legacy. Read more about Mark’s experiences at Edge Field Day and thoughts about the demise of the NUC.

2023 SASE, SDWAN, Enterprise Edge and Cloud Networks

The 2023 SASE-SDWAN Enterprise Edge and Cloud Networking report provides valuable insights into the world of enterprise connectivity, unraveling the complexity of SD-WAN, SASE, SSE, ZTNA, MCN, and NaaS. The report includes discussion related to the HashiCorp presentation at Security Field Day and the Mako Networks presentation at Edge Field Day along with a wealth of information about the evolving landscape of enterprise edge and cloud networking, helping professionals navigate the alphabet soup of networking solutions.

Segmentation Is a Key Edge Building Block with Mako Networks

In this Gestalt IT Tech Note, Brian Chambers discusses the importance of segmentation in operating edge environments at scale. He emphasizes that while edge environments resemble cloud architectures, they also face unique challenges, such as lack of on-site staff and poor physical security. Chambers highlights how effective network segmentation can improve performance, enhance security, and enable better network traffic management. He explores the role of segmentation in various industries, particularly retail, and emphasizes the need for a capable partner like Mako Networks to provide effective segmentation services in edge computing solutions. Read this article, sponsored by Mako Networks, to learn more about edge connectivity.

Edge to Cloud (To Edge) on the Biggest Stage on Earth

In the latest from The Tech Arena, Allyson Klein and Carl Moberg of Avassa discuss the complexities of delivering live broadcast media on a global scale. They bring up the transformation happening in the production side of the broadcast chain, highlighting the challenges of real-time video processing and the need for specialized infrastructure. They also share their thoughts on the future of production infrastructure, including the potential for cloud-based solutions and the importance of considering the specific requirements of each production scenario.

Mako Networks – a World-Class PCI-Certified Network-As-A-Service Ecosystem

Mako Networks presented its own hardware and software as a service for retail edge at the recent Edge Field Day event, and this sponsored article by Ben Young dives deep into this concept. The company has made strides in the distributed retail enterprise business in North America and Europe, thanks to its all-in-one ecosystem. Mako technology is PCI-certified, making it a no-brainer choice for organizations that require ready compliance at the network layer, centralized management, and bulk configuration functionality.

Edge Computing Architecture Fundamentals

At Edge Field Day 1, companies such as Scale Computing, Mako Networks, Avassa, Zededa, and Opengear presented their solutions for deploying applications to the edge. There has been no universal agreement on what the term “edge” means, but delegates concluded that organizations should consider deploying applications in a location where they can achieve peak optimization. The presenters focused on networking, out-of-band access, compute/storage, provisioning, observability, and orchestration, aspects, but stressed that there is no uniform approach given that the edge varies by context. Read on for Gina Rosenthal’s thoughts on EFD1 and edge computing!

Mako Networks – Security-First Networking at the Edge

At Edge Field Day, Mako Networks demonstrated their comprehensive set of network appliances and services that include security gateways, managed switches, and access points, to solve networking problems in the retail sector. Their Mako system, consisting of wireless and wired technology components, was designed from the ground up to comply with the widely-accepted PCI DSS Level 1 security standard, addressing the unique challenges of the retail, healthcare, and MNSP industry verticals and emphasizing the importance of organizations protecting customer data. Mako’s focus on security and serving the specific needs of these industries differentiates their product, making it a must-have solution for organizations with critical governance and compliance needs. This sponsored Tech Note by Carl Fugate explores the Mako offerings.

Time to Recalibrate Your Views on Edge Computing

After attending Edge Field Day 1, Ben Young shares his reflections on edge computing and how his views may have changed after speaking with a range of vendors at the event. While his views going into the event were largely confirmed, he also gained new insights, including the concept that edges can be smaller than previously thought, with companies such as Scale Computing providing hyperconverged infrastructure on an Intel NUC. Furthermore, centralised orchestration is critical for scaling, efficiency, and agility, as is enhanced security and compliance in a challenging, often unstable edge environment.

Application Management at the Edge With Avassa

In this TechArena podcast, Allyson Klein engages in conversation with Avassa CTO Carl Moberg, who she met at Edge Field Day recently. Carl shares how his company is pioneering the idea of bringing application control to edge environments while designing solutions that cater to both infrastructure operators and application developers. Avassa’s solution enables businesses to get the most out of their existing infrastructure investments while delivering applications with improved performance. Listen to the TechArena and learn all about Avassa!

Simplified Edge Deployment With Scale Computing

Following their Edge Field Day presentation, Allyson Klein talked with Scale Computing VP Craig Theriac about his company’s simplified hyperconverged compute solution for edge deployments. Listen in to The Tech Arena and learn about this exciting new offering!

Scale Computing Removes Problems at the Edge

“Scale Computing’s approach of removing the burden of routine tasks and fault remediation from customers is widely liked.” In this article presented by Scale Computing, Alastair Cooke discusses how Scale Computing is solving problems at the edge. Read his full thoughts on the Gestalt IT website, and watch Scale Computing’s full presentation from Edge Field Day on the Tech Field Day YouTube channel.

CXO Insight: Delivering on Edge Infrastructure

Look before you leap…over the Edge! In this article, Enrico Signoretti presents and compares options for Edge (hardware management, optimization, and integration), and mentions ZEDEDA and Scale Computing as viable options. Read his full thoughts on the GigaOm website.

Achieving Dynamic Provisioning and Control at the Edge With Scale Computing

“Organizations that seek an edge infrastructure provider with seasoned experience deploying fleets of equipment across edge environments should seriously consider Scale Computing’s offerings.” In this article presented by Scale Computing, Allyson Klein writes about the success of Scale Computing’s deployment of edge solutions. Read her full thoughts on the Gestalt IT website.

Chamber 🏰 of Tech Secrets #2

Welcome to the Chamber of Tech Secrets! After attending Edge Field Day in February, Brian Chambers gives his thoughts on Disposable Units of Compute (DUC) and talks about how at Chick-fil-A they treat their devices as “cattle instead of pets.” Read his full thoughts on his website.

Thousands of Containers Without Kubernetes?

“If you need to manage container applications at your distributed edge, look at Avassa’s videos and the other presenters at Edge Field Day.” Alastair Cooke had great things to say about Avassa after attending their presentation at Edge Field Day in February. Read his full thoughts on his website, and watch Avassa’s presentation on the Tech Field Day Youtube Channel.

Unraveling the Key Themes of Edge Computing – a Roundtable Discussion

In this article Sulagna Saha summarizes the thoughts and impressions of delegates on the key themes that dominated the presentations at the recent Edge Field Day event. Check out her article at Gestalt IT, or watch the roundtable discussion here at

Managing Applications at On-Site Edge With Avassa

Monitoring and managing applications is a daily grind for IT teams in charge of the edge environments. In this article, Sulagna Saha reviews the Avassa Platform that brings the cloud operating model to the edge with easy app management and monitoring. Read her article at Gestalt IT, or watch the live demo from the Edge Field Day event here at Tech Field Day.

Edge Is Not Just Cloud or Datacenter

Even though most of the technologies and infrastructure elements are the same, the nature of edge comping is entirely different. This episode of On-Premise IT features Edge Field Day delegates Enrico Signoretti, Allyson Klein, and Alastair Cooke discussing these differences with Stephen Foskett. Check out the full podcast on Gestalt IT’s Youtube channel.

Deploying Applications Across Edge Locations With Mako Networks and Avassa

In this Roundtable discussion with Mako Networks and Avassa, we hear from co-founders from both companies about deploying applications at scale at the edge. Watch how the conversation unfolded between Stephen Foskett, Simon Gamble, Carl Moberg, Ben Young, and Alastair Cooke on Gestalt IT’s Youtube channel.

Security Automation With ZEDEDA and Opengear

In this Roundtable discussion, that takeaway is that “Companies can no longer afford to have security as an afterthought.” See what Edge Field Day delegates Josh Warcop and Carl Fugate have to say while discussing Security through Automation with Raghu Vatte (VP of Product Management at ZEDEDA) and Ramtim Rampour (Technical Marketing Engineer at Opengear) on