I love a bit of jargon – be it a buzz-word that is rapidly becoming part of the industrial business lexicon, or be it an obscure sporting term, such as the variety on offer in the game of cricket.

A proportion of us who read this title will picture a whole cricket scene – the dismissal of a player, the method, the cause and the circumstance. All is communicated with that five-word, jargon loaded statement. This is the power of jargon, and why I love it. Before I get on to a good bit of industrial jargon and its usefulness to convey a single word explanation of something that has numerous different examples, I should probably explain what a “leading edge to silly point” decodes to.

In short, the batter has been caught out by a close fielder in front and to the side of them (a fielding position called Silly Point), the ball having hit the leading edge of the bat rather than the full face as intended by the batter. An educated guess (all surmised from the jargon shorthand) would suggest the bowler was a slow one – perhaps spin – and the batter was playing ‘across the line’ probably mistiming it as they were trying to turn the ball to the leg-side – but I am likely to be losing non-cricket fans again at this point!

It’s very tempting to think that just because you have become familiar with a piece of jargon, so has everyone else. In industry, and particularly with newer jargon, it is tempting and perhaps even dangerous to assume that everyone else means the same thing when they use that piece of jargon.

The word on everyone’s lips at the moment at Stratus is “Edge”, though it’s nothing to do with a cricket bat this time! Edge is in the name of our latest product, the ztC Edge, which is a zero-touch server for industry that works – you probably guessed it – at the edge.

But what do we really mean by “the edge”. Well, it’s simpler than it may seem, especially when you approach it from a network perspective, as an IT operative might. The Edge is simply the furthest reaches of the network. Importantly though, this tends to be where the most important activity happens in industry. It’s likely to be at the production line or machine level and could be unmanned machinery in a more disparate operation, such as a remote pump station of an oil pipeline. The edge is increasingly a place where computing is needed by software applications and control systems that run edge applications. These applications are reliant on the IT that supports them, and this means that there are new points of potential IT failure away from the server room. And in many cases, away from the IT resources to overcome issues and get things online again.

Our new product, the ztC Edge server is designed for exactly this environment – what’s more, it can work with cloud, FOG, or other local computing systems. Perhaps I’ll pick up on cloud and FOG jargon in another blog…

You can find out much more about ztC Edge here, including how it vastly reduces the need for IT capability at the OT level.

If you have any ideas for future jargon-busting blogs, or simply want to find out a bit more about why Gartner estimates that 75 percent of data is going to be created and processed at the edge by 2022, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Either way, don’t get caught out on such a Silly Point as not knowing where your edge is! (sorry!)

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