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Optimizing Edge AI Deployment for Enhanced Real-Time Decision-Making: Remote Activation Makes it Happen


13 Oct 2023
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The strategic imperative for deploying Edge AI is becoming more important on a daily basis, and spans nearly every industry. The rise of remote activation in enabling efficient, scalable, and cost-effective deployment of the latest hardware is helping shape the future and solving some key challenges.


In today's evolving technology landscape, companies must take AI to the edge as part of their AI-readiness strategy.

Whether you're talking about making machines smarter on the factory floor, giving self-driving cars a brain boost, enhancing a retail shopper’s experience, or even rerouting entire traffic patterns for improved safety and livability, embracing AI at the edge is an informed next step for nearly any organization’s strategic planning. It's all about taking the compute power to where the data’s created to unlock faster insights and take decisions for your business to the next level.

But how do you bring AI to where data happens at scale? Deploying, provisioning, and managing more than a few remote-based servers can present time, budget, and resource obstacles.

Across its solutions, Lenovo continues to expand collaboration with best-in-class partners to support mass edge AI deployment, delivering tailored, proven and ready-to-deploy AI solutions. Recently, new solutions from Lenovo and VMware help businesses overcome deployment complexity with remote activation. This innovative approach brings near-zero-touch provisioning and allows you to efficiently manage and harness the power of an unlimited number of edge computing resources, promoting scalability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness in a variety of applications.

Benefits of remote activation

The integration of remote activation into edge server deployment offers a multifaceted solution and makes implementation at scale more seamless both from a technical and labor perspective. Both Lenovo Open Cloud Automation (LOC-A) and VMware Edge Cloud Orchestrator (based on VMware Project Keswick) are accelerating that process and offer the following benefits:

  • Rapid deployment and scalability: Remote activation enables quick deployment of edge servers across diverse geographical locations without the need for physical intervention. This agility is crucial in industries where time-to-market and adaptability are crucial, like retail, logistics, and telecommunications. And you can easily scale your edge infrastructure remotely to meet evolving requirements.
  • Cost efficiency: Traditional, on-site server deployment often involves substantial person-power, substantial travel costs, and ongoing maintenance expenses. Remote activation virtually eliminates that by taking everything virtual from the beginning and keeping it there via online monitoring and updating moving forward.
  • Minimized downtime: Remote management and proactive monitoring, maintenance, and troubleshooting helps further reduce the risk of unexpected downtime. This helps ensure business continuity and minimizes revenue worries due to outages, especially where uninterrupted service is essential, such as healthcare or finance, this approach ensures business continuity and minimizes revenue loss due to outages.
  • Enhanced security: Edge servers often handle sensitive data and operations. Remote activation allows for centralized security measures, ensuring consistent and robust protection across all edge locations. It simplifies compliance efforts, helping companies meet regulatory requirements more effectively.
  • Global reach: In an increasingly globalized marketplace, it’s vital to maintain a competitive edge in different regions. Remote activation of edge servers brings uniform service delivery and user experiences worldwide, irrespective of geographical differences, giving you a competitive edge in terms of consistency and performance.
  • Reducing carbon footprint: By remotely activating and deactivating edge servers based on real-time demand, you can optimize resource allocation. This means that computational power is only deployed when necessary, reducing energy consumption and environmental impact while also prolonging hardware lifespan. Remote provisioning could also help reduce operational emissions by removing the need for travel between remote sites for activation and maintenance.
  • Future proofing: Technology evolves rapidly, and business needs change over time. Remote activation provides the agility to adapt to emerging technologies and trends seamlessly. Upgrading, reconfiguring, or replacing servers remotely ensures they remain competitive and relevant.

Lenovo TruScale democratizes Edge AI

Just like LOC-A and VMware Edge Cloud Orchestrator, Lenovo TruScale for Edge and AI streamlines the Edge AI journey and makes entering—or expanding—your edge AI footprint more attainable, with fewer worries about large capital investments.

It combines the utilization of Lenovo’s profound expertise in edge technology deployments and an innovative IaaS financial model that allows customers to pay monthly for their solution, only pay for what they utilize, and receive end-to-end services with periodic hardware refresh cycles, resulting in a no-touch, no-stress IT environment at any location.

Lenovo servers help deliver AI at the edge

The newest in Lenovo edge AI server innovation, the Lenovo ThinkEdge SE455 V3, brings ultimate choice to our customers’ unique edge computing needs, with an optimized design for edge AI applications and enhanced and increased functional storage for hybrid cloud, all in the most challenging environmental conditions. And thanks to the new AMD EPYC 8004 processor, its 64 cores consume up to 32% less power than any other edge server currently on the market.

Lenovo ThinkEdge SE455 V3
Figure 1. Lenovo ThinkEdge SE455 V3

In this journey toward making Edge AI easier, no matter where you are on your journey, Lenovo and our partners like VMware continue to innovate while ensuring the latest solutions like remote activation, infrastructure as a service, and new levels of hardware simplify the process and bring market-leading solutions in all categories.

To learn more about how Lenovo is simplifying the edge AI process with industry-leading hardware and a streamlined approach, go to

About the author

Dave Honaker is the Senior Content Marketing Manager for Lenovo ISG. He works with the Lenovo ThinkEdge team and is passionate about sharing its ability to transform businesses and organizations by simplifying the edge-AI journey and taking the compute power to where data is generated.

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