What is Edge Computing?
Most companies operate with traditional cloud networks, which are highly centralized. Data is gathered and transmitted back to the main servers for processing. As more devices become capable of connecting over Wi-Fi they are limited by their traditional hardware capabilities.
Edge computing gets its name because we are shifting data processing to the network’s edge, allowing data to be processed by the device itself, by the local computer, or the server instead of transmitting it to a data center. Since the data does not have to travel all the way back to the central servers, latency is reduced.
According to Gatner, companies are generating approximately 10% of their data outside a traditional or cloud-based architecture. Over the next 5 years it’s expected to increase to 75%. The exciting possibilities offered by Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which are capable of processing the data they gather closer to the source, are forcing companies to rethink their approach to IT infrastructure.
Why is Edge computing so revolutionary?
In today’s world faster is better. We expect lightning speed. With Edge computing our data can travel at accelerated rates, including real-time data processing without latency. The latest example are smart applications such as Alexa, which respond to data almost immediately.
As more data is uploaded to the cloud it’s becoming clear that we are generating too much data! Sometimes it is easy to forget that data doesn’t travel instantaneously. It’s bound by the same laws of physics as everything else in the known universe. Just like all travel methods, digital traffic jams are inevitable.
What are the benefits of edge computing?
SPEED: Speed for many companies is a vital factor in their businesses’ success. By processing data closer to the source and reducing the physical distance it must travel, Edge computing can greatly reduce latency.
SECURITY: As more personal data is being collected, and more transactions are being made online, data breach is a rising concern. Traditional cloud computing architecture is especially vulnerable to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and power outages. Processing data locally with edge computing reduces the amount of data at risk at any given time.
SCALABILITY: Building dedicated data centers can be an expensive endeavor. Cloud-based technology has allowed companies a more affordable way to scale their architecture needs. You have the flexibility of not relying on centralized infrastructure. Edge computing allows companies the ability to scale by leveraging individual devices. Now organizations can expand their Edge network reach quickly, and cost effectively while reducing the bandwidth required to communicate.
RELIABILITY: By processing data closer to the source, you reduce the risk of a network outage.
How can your business benefit for Edge computing?
Edge computing is allowing companies to think outside the box. You can extend your network services into areas that had previously been beyond reach. Here are examples of how companies are taking advantage of this new technology.
MANUFACTURING: Identifying equipment problems before they cause malfunctions that could injure workers.
RETAIL: Building innovative customer experiences such as augmented reality mirrors. Allowing users to visualize themselves in an outfit, without having to actually try on items.
HEALTHCARE: Developing wearable devices that can track users exercise and offer wellness advice.
AGRICULTURE: Using drones to capture field and climate conditions that are set to watering equipment for optimal care.
FINANCE: Collecting data transitions to predict and stop fraudulent activities.
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