In today’s age of big data and instant gratification, issues of speed and scalability are at the forefront of technology solutions. The development of cloud computing environments represented a major breakthrough in this effort, but these cloud servers are still a centralized solution, subject to the challenges therein. As the cloud becomes more and more saturated with data and processing needs, issues of latency and bottlenecking grow. The drive to mimic instantaneous transfer means even small instances of latency can create big problems. Edge computing is the next step in ensuring the most powerful and scalable processing capabilities and provides vital support to traditional cloud server banks.
Edge computing came about as an organic evolution of technological advancements and the benefits and drawbacks of cloud computing. The amount of data being used, stored, processed, and accessed at any given time is extraordinary. Many personal and company computing needs are now being accomplished on the cloud. But don’t think of the cloud as a decentralized nebulous network. Cloud processing still takes place in a centralized location. In this case, it is one of several server banks owned by the various cloud providers. When a cloud customer wants to perform an action on some data, the information must be sent to the server hub and processed, and then sent back over the network. That takes time, called latency, and eats up processing power in the hub. Think about billions of queries shuttling to and from the server hub at any given time. Edge computing is a way to help decentralize the processing and take some burden off of the server hub.
What is the Edge?
Edge computing is processing done at or near the data source location. Increasingly capable devices that contribute to the Internet of Things (the IOT) are capable of processing at the data point. These are your smart devices; phones, cars, stereos, scanners, speakers, cameras, etc. As these devices perform more processing that means less calls back to the server bank, minimizing bandwidth and latency. When your smartphone using fingerprint authentication to login to your banking app, your phone is handling this processing and taking some burden off the central cloud servers. Cloud providers are embracing the edge by developing localized edge processing data centers further reduce the amount of queries that need to travel back to the central hub.
What this Means for You
Utilizing edge computing has many benefits for companies. Whether it is through a device’s internal processing power or local edge data centers, edge computing increases the speed, security, and scalability of many operations. Data doesn’t have to travel as far as it would to reach a traditional cloud data center, and the decentralized structure means data is less vulnerable to DDoS attacks.
Embracing the edge means diversifying the data processing infrastructure, enabling more growth of the cloud environment. As our businesses and consumers continue to create, utilize, and process data, the question of performance becomes paramount. The edge can make sure you are meeting your customers’ expectations for speed and performance with a scalable solution. Look into cloud providers who are embracing the edge to understand the full benefits of this new technology.
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