Dell, FedEx, and Switch said they will develop "exascale multi-cloud edge infrastructure services." The partnership, which will be focused on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and 5G, combines the strength of each player. In short:
Switch will contribute its edge data centers;
Dell Technologies will provide its cloud infrastructure;
FedEx will provide hubs for edge computing throughout its network of sites.
The first edge computing hub will be built in Memphis, TN, and expand from there.
As for the architecture, Switch will provide the Switch MOD 15, a Class 4 EDGE data center, and connect it to its four prime data center locations. Dell Technologies servers, hyperconverged infrastructure, storage, and networking gear will be used along with managed services. FedEx will provide real estate and cover a portion of construction and infrastructure costs.
FedEx plans to be the first consumer of the edge computing services and use them for low latency compute for its locations and supply chain.
Roese said that the trio is looking to create a "local cloud-based environment" and FedEx CIO Rob Carter said the partnership enables it to innovate "at the intersection of physical and digital worlds."
Should the Dell-FedEx-Switch partnership work out, you can expect similar alliances as companies that specialize in data centers, 5G, and cloud partner with enterprises with multiple real estate locations such as mall operators and logistics firms.