Distributed enterprises often encompass many remote offices that are essential to running the organization and supporting customers. Important activities at the edge include manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, even mobile or remote life-saving environments like health clinics. And while there is usually a central IT staff that creates the overall business architecture for the enterprise, specialized resources to deploy and maintain the infrastructure at the edge can be scarce. Facilities footprint can also be an issue as remote locations are typically not set up like a data center with dedicated space, power, and cooling for legacy equipment that was typically required to run important applications.
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