Edge computing will drive growth for storage companies but vendors will also need to think differently about how the data is stored and moved, according to BS Teh, SVP global sales and sales operation at Seagate.
Teh explained during a media event in Singapore for Seagate’s 40th anniversary that two main issues arise from edge computing.
“The problem we are really working to solve is two things, one is how to store the immense amount of data, which is how HAMR (Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording) comes into play.
“The other problem is we think we are in a position to solve is how do you move to data, from the end point to the Edge to the core.”
He further said the company is not saying “here is a solution” but rather stating the issues.
“We are pointing out this is a problem for the movement of data especially in autonomous vehicles because it’s an explicit representation of the problem,” he said.
Massive amounts of data will be generated but not all of it will need to be kept.
He said, “I would say that only a fraction of the data will ultimately be stored whether it’s 5 per cent, 10 per cent, 15 per cent. It’s hard to say what it is [but] not everything will be stored.”
Key Edge storage customers
Teh told Which-50 two main groups are interested in edge storage, Seagate’s existing customers and potential customers in areas like autonomous vehicles, smart manufacturing and healthcare.
“We are getting a very high level interest from two different people, one is our existing customers who are building servers and storage solutions and they look at this and say ‘that’s going to be a strong case for the edge but what exactly is the edge structure’ and how do they get to play in it with what solutions.
“If you look at the traditional server storage players like HP and Dell, the one company that’s been most vocal to come out with an ‘edge strategy’ is HP with the Hybrid IT division. They’ve been talking about edge solutions.”
He said the newer startup companies tend to be more innovative and looking to Seagate as a hardware provider for them.
“The other big group of people to us and having those engagements are the end customers, whether they’re from the different market segments – autonomous vehicles, healthcare, smart manufacturing. They’re coming to us to have discussions in terms of how we view the evolution of that edge infrastructure and how we can actually support and help them,” he adds.
Teh noted the key areas for Edge Seagate is looking at are autonomous vehicles, healthcare, agriculture and media and entertainment.
He also said telcos aren’t a segment but “believes they will be a strong discipline in edge deployment.”