In recent years many companies have shifted their on-premise IT infrastructures over to cloud computing.
Reasons why are many but, essentially, they boil down to the following:
That’s all well and good and works great for individuals BUT, if you’re a company, especially a large one, all these benefits can suffer if you shift EVERYTHING over to the cloud.
Edge computing is still needed to be able to take full advantage of cloud computing.
In the simplest terms, cloud computing is the ability to store, process and access data and services over the internet instead of using local resources.
The cloud is simply a metaphor for the internet and, cloud computing is a metaphor for providing networking, servers, storage, software, dabases, and other services via the Internet.
Cloud computing offers many benefits that are far from negligible. However, when it comes to processing data from IoT (Internet of Things) sensors, it’s not all that great!
Why? It’s quite simple:
- Data must first be transferred to the cloud, prior to being analyzed and sent back to the IoT device that sent it to begin with.
- This causes slowdowns and, lets not forget, data is being sent to “another network” you have no control over.
- Who’s to say that network doesn’t have any weaknesses?
As all IT professionals know, the slightness slowdown and/or network glitch can have far reaching consequences!
With edge computing, your data is processed locally and sent to the data center only when required. Thereby eliminating the need to waste valuable time, resources and money implementing an infrastructure capable of transferring huge quantities of data in real time, just to have it fed back to the devices that produced it in the first place!
If you have a large number of connected devices that produce large amounts of data, edge computing can eliminate problems that may plague your organization.
Problems such as the following:
Edge computing offers many advantages but it will never replace the cloud! It does however provide tremendous advantages that do complement what cloud computing offers you.
Edge computing allows organizations and companies to :
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