The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) means great change is coming in the way that active data is processed and stored. In reality the most powerful IoT device we own are phones, tablets and notebooks. And these IoT devices are the new edge computing tools that we use today. But if they are only accessing 20% of the stored data – just how productive is today’s EFS?
Edge computing keeps your data in-house and sometimes in-device. If an employee’s desktop or iPad or laptop has to send and receive info, not just to and from the office network, but to and from the cloud, performance will slow—likely not just for that device, but for company productivity.
The edge of the individual computer—be it a desktop, laptop, iPad, or smartphone—is a good place to stop that data travel. Park it in the device itself when you can. Keep the data in the mobile or desktop item, and don’t store it in the cloud so you don’t have to wait to access it. This is the gist of “edge.”
Edge computing is brilliant, really. Usage shouldn’t depend on device-to-cloud speed, especially when time-sensitive performance is of the essence. But if we’re not storing data in the cloud, what happens when people and devices need to share vital data? Is keeping everything on the device, or even on the company storage and network, the best cloud-alternative solution
The Edge Computing Association will be dedicated to providing information, expert opinion and online resources to help companies understand edge computing; the challenges, the opportunities and the benefits. With regulatory and privacy acts changing how companies need to store and share data, edge computing is becoming a more viable enterprise level infrastructure.
Over the past decade companies have grown reliant on the public cloud. Although convenient, this technology is now running into some key problems with compliance and security, latency, autonomy and bandwidth. Although the cloud will likely remain it will take on a somewhat different role - more about central storage and backup and less about file sync and share.
The emergence of edge computing; keeping data at the edge of the cloud is now one of the most rapid areas of growth in computing. New edge application architectures can factor in latency, location, security, and autonomy in their designs. New hybrid peer-to-peer and blockchain technologies means that processing can stay at the edge or be shared in a less centralized manner.
In the future most interactions will be between people and things at the edge without using central cloud services. Interaction will be in real time so the value of the central cloud changes. And, of course, the edge can connect with the cloud whenever it’s appropriate.
The growth of connected things will expand data production astronomically, far outstripping bandwidth increases, and forcing active data to stay at the edge due to bandwidth cost. Regulatory/privacy issues will force edge data to stay at millions of locations, not hundreds. People and things on the edge won't be able rely on a network connection in order to function. Autonomy will cut the real-time cord to the central cloud. in the future on the Edge everything will compute, and the value will be in provisioning whatever is out there, at the edge, rather than in bringing general-purpose and generic computing and storage closer.
So welcome to The Edge Computing Association a resource and, we hope, a movement to help us all better understand the edge and maximize its potential. We look forward to gathering opinions, providing education and learning and building an active community that thinks at the edge of the network and engages the edge crowd to listen up and be heard.
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