Local and cloud computing

Local and cloud computing

Two somewhat different IT infrastructure technologies that complement each other

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:

  • Access to more flexible and more powerful data processing resources
  • Ability to do your work at any time from anywhere in the world
  • Economies of scale by
    • Paying only for what you need.
    • Having less hardware on-site to manage, update and upgrade. Thereby reducing capital expenditures.
    • Not having to hire more IT staff so often.

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.

This being said, local and cloud computing complement each other! Local computing is key to reaping the full potential and benefits the cloud offers to businesses

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What exactly is 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.

What exactly is local computing?

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!

Having local infrastructures and systems removes the need to send your raw data halfway around the world to be processed.

Local infrastructures and systems means your data is processed locally.

It is sent to the datacenter 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!

Having local infrastructures and systems offers key advantages that can’t be ignored!

Iot, Local And Cloud Computing, The Role Data Storage Plays Is Of Critical Importance In Today'S Computing Environments
Internet of Things devices, databases, software applications, ecommerce, those aall generate incredible amounts of data!

Having local infrastructures and systems offers numerous advantages the cloud will never be able to match!

If you have a large number of connected devices that produce large amounts of data, having local infrastructures and systems can eliminate problems that may plague your organization.

Problems such as the following:

Latency

Data travels quite fast over the internet. In the case of fiber optic networks, in a vacuum, it’s estimated to be travelling at 60% of the speed of light.

When it comes to IoT devices, there are many cases that show that even a few milliseconds of latency can be the difference between success and failure! Just think of 911 services as an example. Local infrastructures and systems remove the need for data to make a trip to the cloud. Thereby reducing latency and providing faster response times.

Redundancy

The internet is not always all it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes it breaks down and sometimes data gets either lost or corrupted as it travels from one network to another!

Processing data locally creates a welcome redundancy and ensures no data loss or operational failures related to Internet connectivity.

Local infrastructures and systems therefore enables mission critical organizations to leverage the power of the cloud, without risking the health of their data and/or operations

Security

Hackers are constantly looking for vulnerabilities they can exploit to gain access to your data.

While security tools, software and appliances protect your data, the only way to provide total and complete security is to process it locally and NOT have any access to the outside world. Something of an impossibility in today’s world!

Whereas, with cloud computing in place and internet access being a necessity nowadays, 100% security isn’t totally possible, local computing helps alleviate the risks and enables companies and organizations to achieve regulatory compliance.

In conclusion

Local 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.

Local computing allows organizations and companies to :

  • Take full advantage of the IoT devices they use throughout their IT infrastructures
  • Through local data processing, organizations and companies benefit from reduced latency, data redundancy and increased security
  • Reduce risks and take full advantage of what cloud computing offers them.

That’s why, no matter what, in order for organizations and companies to take full advantage of the cloud, having local infrastructures and systems is still a necessity!

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