The onset of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe and the recent passing of The Cloud Act in the USA, enhanced data privacy requirements are driving the need for new cloudless and edge computing solutions for secure content collaboration, remote access and file sharing. According to Gartner and other leading research organizations, by 2022 the edge computing market will be worth over $6 billion annually with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 45%.

This growth has been accelerated by the latest efforts in Europe and the US to manage and access data that is stored in the cloud – not to mention the fact that data breaches are becoming a major threat to business and government. Gemalto recently released the latest findings of the Breach Level Index, revealing that 2.6 billion records were stolen, lost or exposed worldwide in 2017, an 88% increase from 2016. While data breach incidents decreased by 11%, 2017 was the first year publicly disclosed breaches surpassed more than two billion compromised data records since the Breach Level Index began tracking data breaches in 2013.

Edge computing describes a computing infrastructure in which information processing, and content collection and delivery, are placed closer to the sources of this information. Examples of this are connectivity and latency challenges, bandwidth constraints and greater functionality embedded at the edge favours distributed models. Enterprises should begin using edge design patterns in their infrastructure architectures — particularly for those with significant internet of things (IoT) elements.

While many view cloud and edge as competing approaches, cloud is a style of computing where elastically scalable technology capabilities are delivered as a service and does not inherently mandate a centralized model. On the other hand, Forrester says that “GDPR prompts a data migration u-turn from public cloud to corporate datacentres,’” and that, “infrastructure and operations leaders are finally addressing the taboo topic of migrating workloads out of public cloud environments.”

The fact is the data duplication in any instance, behind the firewall or in the enterprise file synchronization and sharing (EFSS) cloud, increases the threat surface of organizations.  And with GDPR focusing on data residency for personal data managed by organizations and The Cloud Act giving governments a much greater opportunity to access data in the cloud for national security reasons – the time for solutions that disrupt the current cloud status has never been more needed.

The Edge Trend

With this in a mind, an interesting emerging edge cloud solution is FileFlex from Qnext Corp Unlike EFSS or private cloud solutions, FileFlex does not require more storage or data duplication. Install FileFlex software on any device, server, desktop, laptop, tablet or phone and your set to remote access and share your files with anyone from anywhere – with your files staying in their source locations. With FileFlex you don’t need to build a private cloud or copy content to a public cloud. FileFlex is an easy and secure way to remotely access, collaborate, share and stream without having to move it anywhere.

Philip Bliss