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  • 18 Mar 2023
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Service Overview

Expedient Edge is a VMware-powered managed infrastructure for running workloads at edge locations on redundant hardware backed by a highly available cloud management plane, support, and maintenance from Expedient. As a managed service, Expedient maintains the hardware platform including break-fix, software updates, licensing and ongoing maintenance so clients can focus on their applications and not the platform the applications are running on. Clients have full admin access to their virtual machines, along with the ability to perform many of the same operations as their on-premises VMware environment.

Service Features

  • 4 node chassis
    • 3 nodes with additional node option
    • Up to 1.5 TB RAM per cluster
  • Integrated networking
  • Hyperconverged, all-flash storage, encrypted at rest
    • Up to 30 TB per cluster
  • Pay per GB RAM VMware licensing
  • Support for Windows and Linux operating systems
  • Familiar vCenter interface
  • Two-factor authentication to Expedient management plane
  • Encrypted management tunnel to Expedient management plane

Default Deployment Settings

  • Dedicated vCenter per client
  • All sites will connect to the same vCenter
  • Client private networking will be configured on the Expedient platform
  • Management connectivity will tunnel over client Internet connection
  • Capacity utilization and availability monitoring will be configured by Expedient
  • Clients will be given access and authenticate to the self-service portal

Use Cases

  • Remote site workloads
    • Print Servers
    • Domain Controllers
    • File Servers
  • Manufacturing Use
    • Process Control systems
    • Plant IT functions 
  • Retail locations
    • Point-of-sale systems
    • Physical security systems
  • Healthcare clinics
    • Physical security systems
    • Offline EMR functionality
  • Shipping warehouses
    • Shipping systems
    • Gate/door systems

Responsibility and Accountability Matrix

Expedient Edge Responsibility Matrix

Task

Expedient

Client

Co-Managed

Co-Managed tasks can be performed by Expedient or Client based on Client's preference 

Platform Infrastructure and Supporting Hardware Monitoring 

X

 



Platform Infrastructure and Supporting Hardware Break/Fix 

X

 



Firmware Updates 

X

 



Platform Licensing 

X

 



Platform Updates/Patches

X

 



Capacity Planning

X




Expedient Service Integration

X




Capacity Utilization Monitoring

X




Availability Monitoring

X




Virtual Machine Configuration



X

Expedient will not have OS access without OS Management service

Virtual Machine Interaction



X

Expedient will not have OS access without OS Management service

Virtual Machine Provisioning



X

Expedient will not have OS access without OS Management service

Operating System Licensing 

 X




Operating System Management, Patching, and Virus protection 

 

X


Expedient will not have OS access without OS Management service

Workload Migration



X

Expedient can assist with migrating virtual machines to Expedient Edge

Network Provisioning


X


Clients are responsible for the upstream and outbound connectivity (4 ports in total), including VLANs and subnets

Supported Platforms

Applications/Platforms Supported

Expedient Services

  • Cloud Data Protection
    • Offsite Cloud Backups
    • ROBO Node
    • Virtual ROBO Node
  • Cloud File Storage
  • Enterprise Cloud Native
    • Kubernetes
    • Containers
    • Persistent Container Storage
  • Operations CTRL
  • Security CTRL
    • Multi-Cloud Firewall
    • End Point Security
    • Micro Segmentation
    • Identity Management
    • SIEM
Databases
  • SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • Postgres
Guest Operating Systems
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Virtual appliances

Notable Applications/Platforms NOT Supported

Hypervisors: 

  • Hyper-V
  • AHV
  • KVM

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