If you work in the technology or marketing sector it’s almost guaranteed that you will hear the buzzword Edge Computing this year. It is making devices easier to operate by bringing computer power, storage, control, and applications closer to the end user.
Edge computing moves its users closer to a more distributed network rather than a centralised model of data/services/applications/etc. This is where it differs from cloud computing, as cloud computing relies on connections to a single data centre. Basically, edge computing improves the performance and reliability of the cloud.
Cloud computing is often seen as an annoyance for many companies in terms of risk and responsiveness due to the reliability of a single centralised point. Whereas with edge computing if there is any disruption, it would be limited to that point in the network due to the more distributed architecture.
Another benefit of edge architecture is if there is a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack or power outage at the cloud data centre, any outage this would cause would be limited to the edge computing device and the local applications on that device, rather than rendering all applications unavailable for users – such as with traditional centralised cloud architecture.
Currently, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the main way that companies are being introduced to edge computing. A recent IDC report claims that 80 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2025, with the amount of data generated doubling every two years. As the amount of data is set to increase, making use of Edge can only be of benefit to your business.
All this data generation will require companies to be much quicker at analysing data and getting responses in future, which will push the limits of a centralised system. But with Edge, it will be a lot faster and easier to get responses.