Many retailers still use the same technology as a decade ago: a few point-of-sale (PoS) systems, one or more servers, and some external storage to host it all. Although functional, this design is often clunky, slow, and not scalable when considered against an online retailer’s infrastructure design. More innovative retailers have digitized by installing security appliances, using in-store digital promotion, offering in-store Wi-Fi, and other modernizations, but they still fall short of the flexibility offered by a virtual store-front.
Combine virtualization, IoT, and edge computing with an adaptable infrastructure that streamlines retail IT operations at the storefront level, and provides major opportunities to enhance the consumer experience while also lowering costs.
Run your existing business applications — such as point of sale, inventory management, cashiers, temperature, video security, and your new IoT transformative applications — on a common platform.