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Stratus Technologies unveiled the Stratus ztC Edge, a zero-touch, fully virtualized and self-protecting computing platform.

The first product of Stratus’ edge vision and direction, the ztC Edge, released at ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, FL, is specifically designed for industrial edge environments.

With built-in remote management and user-installable in less than an hour, ztC Edge reduces the IT burden for virtualized computing at the edge. Its self-protecting and self-monitoring features help reduce unplanned downtime and ensure availability of business-critical industrial applications.

The influx of data from connected devices is driving the need for – and growth of – new edge computing infrastructure.

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According to research from IDC, revenue of edge computing infrastructure will reach $3.4 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of 22 percent, with Internet of Things (IoT) and IT/OT convergence driving most of this opportunity

With this growth comes the need for easier ways to ensure the availability of applications that run critical operations at the edge and collect and process this data. In a market report by ARC Advisory Group, over 90 percent of those surveyed indicated that as edge computing grows, organizations will need a simplified edge infrastructure that can be remotely managed.

ztC Edge, with its built-in virtualization, self-protecting capabilities, and managed services, offers an industrial platform for running business-critical industrial applications quickly and reliably outside of the data center in environments such as the manufacturing plant floor.

Key features of ztC Edge include:

• Built-in virtualization for up to three virtual machines (VM), each running different industrial control or IoT applications
• Automated application and data recovery
• Automated site recovery
• Rugged, hot-swappable nodes that can be wall- or DIN rail-mounted
• Cloud-based health monitoring and built-in remote management services

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