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Dell Technologies Project Frontier Platform

by Harold Fritts

Dell Technologies has expanded its edge portfolio to make it easier for customers to manage and orchestrate edge applications and infrastructures. Project Frontier has been introduced to deliver an edge operations software platform integrated with Dell’s edge portfolio.

Dell Technologies has expanded its edge portfolio to make it easier for customers to manage and orchestrate edge applications and infrastructures. Project Frontier has been introduced to deliver an edge operations software platform integrated with Dell’s edge portfolio.

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The complexities of edge operations, with expanding locations that include manufacturing floors, retail stores, and even remote wind turbines, are growing as more organizations need to manage and secure data at the source but have limited IT support. According to a 2022 IDC survey, 42% of businesses say the most challenging aspect of edge deployments is putting together an entire edge solution. IDC also reported that generated data is expected to reach 221 exabytes by 2026, forcing organizations to look for a simple and effective way to manage and secure the diverse ecosystem of edge technologies.

Dell’s Gil Shneorson, senior vice president of edge solutions, said:

“We’re seeing exponential growth in applications running at the edge, making edge the next frontier of business transformation—where devices, infrastructure, and data come together to deliver real-time insights at scale. With this growth comes complexity, and it’s not feasible to have IT staff deployed at every edge location. Our decades of edge experience combined with our new solutions help customers simplify their edge and streamline their data to gain insights ranging from factory safety and the speed and precision of patient care in hospitals while providing more choices in how they realize their edge and multicloud technologies.”

Dell’s Project Frontier offers edge operations choices

Project Frontier will deliver an edge operations software platform to unify edge operations across infrastructure and applications across any industry by addressing the unique, complex nature of the edge.

Project Frontier aims to help customers simplify edge operations at scale, optimize edge investments, and secure the edge estate with zero trust security.

With the Project Frontier edge operations software platform, customers can expect the following:

  • A choice of software applications, IoT frameworks, operational technologies (OT), multicloud environments, and future technologies is supported by an open design that will consolidate existing and new enterprise edge use cases.
  • Zero Trust-enabled security protection across edge applications, data, and infrastructure, from design to deployment, backed by end-to-end supply chain security measures.
  • Greater efficiency and reliability of end-to-end edge operations with centralized management, zero-touch deployment, and secure device onboarding.
  • Minimal need for IT expertise in the field with automation to streamline edge deployments and operations across potentially thousands of edge locations.
  • Integration of edge compute and storage hardware with workloads for ease of serviceability and increased security.
  • Global planning and support services across 170 countries to help design edge deployments and create a roadmap for scaling customers’ edge infrastructure to meet new demand.

Dell plans to deploy the edge platform to deliver increased production line efficiencies by simplifying operations, securely connecting critical data from the production floor to IT infrastructure, and enabling real-time reporting of automation data. Additionally, with the Dell Edge Design Program, Dell is collaborating with customers to help design and shape the development of Project Frontier to meet their specific needs.

Dell infrastructure innovations simplify edge deployments

Dell is expanding its current edge portfolio to help businesses scale and manage their edge deployments.

Edge analytics and operations: Manufacturers can remove complexities and streamline how they deploy edge applications with an enhanced Dell Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge. The solution now includes new Dell-validated partner applications to support advanced edge use cases and improve factory processes and efficiencies while reducing waste and raw materials usage for more sustainable operations. Manufacturers can respond quickly to changes in demand and enable reconfigurable production lines with Dell’s private 5G capability.

Edge compute and analytics: The Dell PowerEdge XR4000 is the shortest-depth server in the Dell PowerEdge family. At about the size of a shoebox, the XR4000 is 60% shorter than traditional data center servers. It has multiple mounting options allowing it to be installed in a rack, on walls, or ceilings, saving valuable floor space. The hardened multi-node, 2U chassis server can survive unpredictable conditions like heat waves or falls. Size does matter, and although small, the XR4000 is a high-performance server capable of supporting a wide range of edge workloads and is designed with Intel® Xeon® D processors with multi-operating system and optional GPU support. The XR4000 is available with the Dell Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge and powers new Dell VxRail rugged modular nodes, delivering high performance and scalability in high latency, low bandwidth locations.

Edge data collection: Built to withstand the most demanding edge locations, the Dell Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme Tablet is a light, powerful, 12″ fully-rugged tablet. Designed to operate in extreme cold and hot environments, this tablet is rated for maximum protection against dust, dirt, and water making it ideal for first responders and outdoor environments. New Wi-Fi 6E5 capability with dual-band support provides reliable connectivity, 12th Gen Intel® Core processors deliver powerful performance, and optional integrated features, such as a barcode scanner, GPS module, and smartcard reader, increase productivity in the field. The tablet is made to be viewed in the brightest, harshest lighting with the largest screen area for a 12″ fully-rugged, military-grade tablet.

Project Frontier can also be integrated by OEM customers for securing and managing their end-customers existing and new platforms while leveraging new offers like the PowerEdge XR400 server.


  • Project Frontier’s edge software platform will be available in 2023.
  • Dell Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge enhancements will be available globally in early 2023.
  • Dell PowerEdge XR4000, also available with Dell OEM customizable options, will be available globally in December 2022.
  • Dell Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme Tablets will be available globally by the end of 2022.

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