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Atos develops edge server with security in mind
Mon, 20th May 2019
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Atos has launched a new edge computing server designed to securely manage data from the edge, particularly for environments including manufacturing 4.0, autonomous vehicles, healthcare, the internet of things, and airport security.

The BullSequana Edge server is able to securely manage and process IoT data close to the source of data generation so that it is treated immediately.

“The exponential growth of IoT devices and how to best manage the consequent explosion of data is a challenge faced by many businesses today,” comments Atos senior executive vice president and head of big data and cybersecurity division, Pierre Barnabé.

The BullSequana Edge server analyzes and runs Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications in real-time for instant insight, so that actions and decisions can be made swiftly to optimize operations.

“To manage and harness this mass of data to our advantage, in a post-cloud era, we need to embrace edge computing. Atos brings together its expertise and experience as a leader in cloud orchestration, high-performance computing, cybersecurity and AI, to develop a unique edge computing product – the BullSequana Edge - which empowers businesses to take full advantage of the data deluge.”

According to Atos, it designed the server with privacy and security in mind, while enabling real-time data analysis; interactivity; and autonomy that reduces dependence on cloud and data center availability and connectivity. The BullSequana Edge can communicate via radio, GSM or Wi-Fi.

The BullSequana Edge supports 3 main categories of use cases:

•    AI: Atos Edge Computer Vision – this provides advanced extraction and analysis of ‘features' (people, faces, emotions, behaviors) so that automatic actions are able to be carried out, based on this analysis. It enables a large set of intelligent cameras, for example in video surveillance, to collaborate holistically in real-time, enabling operations to be tracked without interruption.

•    Big Data: Atos Edge Data Analytics – this enables organizations to improve their business models with predictive and prescriptive solutions. It hinges upon edge data lake capabilities to make data trustworthy and useable.

•    Container: Atos Edge Data Container (EDC) – this all-in-one container solution is ready to run at the edge and serves as a decentralized IT system (from one individual rack up to a complete containerized data center). It can run autonomously in non-data center environments with no need for local on-site operation.

The BullSequana Edge is available today and can be purchased as a standalone infrastructure or together with a software platform, such as Atos Edge Computer Vision, Edge Data Analytics, or in a container system such as Atos Edge Data Container. The BullSequana Edge is Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT.