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Architect Your Edge Cloud Solution: Kubernetes Containerized or Windows Server Management


Today, many varieties of intelligent applications are implemented on cloud platforms which help enterprisesimprove productivity and flexibility. Many Small and Mid-size Enterprises (SME) have chosen to use publicclouds out of cost considerations. But enterprises in certain industries like semiconductors and CNC manufacturing have deeper concerns over data sensitivity, internet security, and site restrictions—in short, they would prefer to have their own private cloud. However, most private cloud systems are designed for large businesses, requiring large capital investment and system infrastructure, making them unaffordable for mediumand small businesses. To address the needs of SME for private cloud services, Advantech recently rolled out Edge Cloud Solution—an all-in-one solution incorporating Advantech Edge Intelligence Server and WISE-DeviceOn IoT devicemanagement software to provide data collection, management, visualization, and other on-demandmicroservices. The system offers high scalability and SME customers can manage all their resources from oneconvenient terminal. They can also choose additional services to create and organize their own private cloudsystem that will fit their needs and their budget.

Kubernetes and Windows each offer unique advantages in their own ways

To boost flexibility and scalability, Advantech designed their Edge Cloud Solution with a dual architecture. Both Linux-based Kubernetes and Windows Server environments are supported. Kubernetes, is currently the mostprevalent container management architecture for Linux. It was created to address the shortfalls of traditionalarchitectures for data centers in terms of system relocation flexibility. In contrast, traditional architectures requireresources to migrate data to other platforms, while Kubernetes is an open source platform for managingcontainerized workloads which can be moved anywhere quickly and conveniently. For example, if a manufacturer wants to move their company’s data from a public cloud platform to a private cloud each withdifferent architectures, containerized management will be the most efficient way.

Just like app developers traditionally have had to create different versions of programs for iOS and Androidmobile platforms, with a containerized management approach they can simply move their data containers to another platform for reuse without the need to redevelop programs. Kubernetes helps a lot in shortening systemdevelopment time and increasing operational flexibility.

The Windows server architecture, on the other hand is simple and easy to use, on which users can access allthe services and advantages of WISE-DeviceOn directly without extra development effort. So, even SME whichdo not have strong in-house teams of developers can quickly build their own systems and integrate, manage,and visualize their data themselves. All this can be done via the simple and easy-to-use interface provided by Edge Cloud Solution.

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