Frequently Asked Questions
Intel® Smart Edge brings cloud-native virtualization, microservice applications, and orchestration to the edge. With Intel® Smart Edge, you can run at the edge the way you run in the cloud.
Intel® Smart Edge is a Kubernetes-based, automated platform that abstracts edge complexities so that network builders, edge developers, and enterprises can run the edge with the same tools and ease they expect from the cloud.
Intel® Smart Edge brings edge networking together into a single, software-defined platform. All of it—switches, routers, Wi-Fi, 5G, Ethernet—runs as virtual workloads on Intel® hardware.
Intel® Smart Edge then orchestrates and automates those network functions with an Intel-engineered Kubernetes engine.
Intel® Smart Edge onboards edge devices, gateways, and servers and manages them as nodes and clusters in a self-healing, distributed computing mesh that runs like the cloud.
This means developers can deploy containerized apps anywhere on an Intel® Smart Edge instance and orchestrate them with Kubernetes—just like they would in the cloud.
Intel® Smart Edge puts cloud tools, applications, and workloads on a secure, unified computing platform running on more than 5,000 edge nodes worldwide.
Enterprises that need the distributed computing power and on-demand applications of the cloud on the edge, where the traditional data center model can’t go.
Network builders who need a reliable platform that can scale for standing up public/private edge networks and multi-access edge computing.
Edge application developers who wish they could build with cloud-native tools like VMs, containers, and Kubernetes and deploy them to any edge without worrying about networking or hardware.
Intel® Smart Edge is highly optimized for Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Core™ processors, Intel® FPGAs and ASICs, and Intel® Ethernet controllers. The hardware and use cases span rugged edge servers, industrial gateways, and blade servers for near-edge data centers.