FedEx Teams for Exascale Multi-Cloud Capabilities to the Edge
November 13, 2020
Technologies, FedEx and Switch are working together to develop exascale
multi-cloud edge infrastructure services. This will bring compute, storage and
connectivity to the network edge and help customers overcome performance
barriers for latency-sensitive applications.
This initiative will focus on bringing multi-cloud resources and exascale
compute power closer to where customers run their businesses. Taking this
approach allows organizations to make real-time decisions using capabilities
like artificial intelligence, machine learning and 5G.
The companies plan to build technology hubs across the United States that will
be capable of supporting multiple cloud environments with Switch’s edge data
centers and Dell Technologies’ cloud infrastructure. The hubs will be placed in
strategic, secure FedEx locations, with the first underway in Memphis, Tenn.
This combination creates the foundation for a consistent experience across
multiple cloud platforms.
Switch will deliver 100% uptime at the edge by utilizing the world’s only Class
4 EDGE data center, the Switch MOD 15, interconnected with Switch’s four PRIME
data center campus locations. The data centers’ infrastructure will include Dell
Technologies servers, hyperconverged infrastructure, storage and networking
products. As the managed solutions provider of choice, Dell Technologies will
deliver the cloud solutions and services to support operations.
FedEx will provide the real estate and a portion of the construction and
infrastructure costs. As the first consumer of these services, FedEx will
provide enterprise end-user technical expertise as the basis for end-state
product offerings. These deployments will provide low latency access to high
density compute from FedEx operational locations, helping to power the digital
innovations introduced by the company as FedEx transforms how data and
technology are used in the global supply chain.
This relationship also brings together aligned sustainability visions for
Dell Technologies, FedEx and Switch:
By 2030, for every Dell Technologies product a customer buys, Dell will reuse
or recycle an equivalent product;
FedEx’s global citizenship initiative to decrease the company’s environmental
footprint and achieve its corporate sustainability goals;
Switch’s commitment to running its data center campus locations and edge
deployments with 100% clean energy.
“The increasing pace of business is creating a growing reliance on near
real-time connectivity to data that resides on the edge,” said John Roese,
global chief technology officer, Dell Technologies. “In working with FedEx and
Switch, we can create a more local cloud-based environment, offering customers
faster access to their workloads and data for greater flexibility and speed.”
the size and scale of our network continue to increase, we see more data
processing moving to the edge to support the automation and technology required
to move more than 16 million packages each day,” said Rob Carter, executive vice
president and chief information officer, FedEx Corporation and president and
co-CEO, FedEx Services. “The access to multi-cloud edge compute provided by this
collaboration with Dell and Switch will allow us to continue reimagining what is
possible from our unique position at the intersection of physical and digital
“Offering enterprise-class data centers from the Primes to the Prem, paired with
Dell Technologies’ products and services suite and FedEx’s world-class physical
infrastructure footprint, creates the technology platform that tomorrow’s
businesses will need,” said Rob Roy, CEO and founder, Switch. “Teaming up with
FedEx and Dell allows the three of us to create and demonstrate how enterprise
customers can maintain independent control of their technology futures in the
age of hybrid multi-cloud.”