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The challenges of scaling the edge, with Mark Howell, Ford Motor Company

Often, we struggle to discuss the edge – one of the IT world’s hottest trends – because it’s difficult to objectively define it. “The edge means something different to every person,” says Mark Howell, of the Ford Motor Company. Howell oversees the construction of every new IT facility the veteran automaker builds and is the lead for EMEA region design, planning and engineering.

From his perspective, the edge is effectively distributed technology, and need not encompass servers, storage and switches. By that token, Ford’s first edge site wasn’t a micro data centre, but the first remote offices and factories that Henry Ford built all those years ago. The company’s Paris office opened in 1908, the Kansas City assembly plant opened in 1911. By the end of the 1920’s Ford had more than 20 overseas assembly plants.


Volkswagen and Ford team up for $7bn Argo AI deal

Tie-up allows both automakers to integrate Argo AI’s self-driving system into their own vehicles at scale Ford and Volkswagen have announced they are investing $7bn in autonomous vehicle platform company Argo AI, with a view for both manufacturers to use the company’s self-driving tech in upcoming vehicles released in US and Europe. As part of… Read More



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