Edge computing has become one of the fastest-growing trends in data storage, cloud computing and hybrid IT. But what, exactly, is edge computing? Basically, it is what it sounds like: service providers that operate at the “edge” of existing data centers, rather than in a central data warehouse or in a cloud.
To break it down a bit more, let’s examine edge computing from a historical standpoint. Initially, it began as an effort to improve web services for internet users who lived outside of large metropolitan areas like New York and San Francisco. By storing applications and content on servers closer to mid-size cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, the literal “edge” of the internet was extended to those smaller markets.
So what does this mean for business and internet users? There are many advantages to edge computing. For applications within the Internet of Things (IoT) – devices, digital and mechanical machines, and objects with the ability to automatically transfer data over a network – edge computing allows for streaming data to be captured in the moment, which can prevent parts from failing, prevent defects, reroute traffic and optimize production.
In addition, businesses with multiple office locations can process data at the site while communicating with the home office.
In general, edge computing can improve processing speeds and ease pressure on network resources. This is because, depending on how they’re implemented, edge computing systems may process only the most time-sensitive data at the origin, and send less vital data to the cloud for analysis and data storage. This improves response time and conserves network resources.
There are some challenges, however, such as issues with security and network configuration. It will be interesting to see how these concerns are addressed as hybrid IT continues to grow in popularity and usefulness.
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