Where is your data when you need it? Edge computing offers an alternative to processing all data in the cloud or the data center.
With the advent of the Internet of Things, we’re drowning in data, much of it being delivered to the cloud for ubiquitous accessibility from any device.
Data in the cloud expanded exponentially and then created its own set of issues, especially security to identify who should have what level of access. There also remains a latency issue with the cloud. With businesses needing immediate access to data, the cloud can cause delays in delivery.
Enter edge computing, which is strongly on the rise. There is a dire need for this transformation due to the growth of big-data workloads and real-time computing, which has slowed production in the cloud. Edge computing can be defined as an open IT architecture that features decentralized processing power enabling mobile computing and IoT technologies. It generally involves servers located near smart products, with those servers acting as a type of collection point for data computing. In edge computing, data is processed by the device itself or by a local computer rather than being transmitted to a data center/cloud.
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Source : InformationWeek