Some food for thought when it comes to pushing the Edge…
The Edge, by definition, is where things and people connect and start to converge with the digital world – using a communications network*.
Edge computing provides processing, storage, and services for things and people far away from centralised cores, but physically close to things and people.
The Edge today is immersive technology; our smartphone, router, gaming console, or set-top box, a local cell tower, a smart speaker, laptop, data centre, or intelligence embedded into devices – enabling us to be connected!
The Edge is not new. What’s new and changing is what will be happening at the Edge. Instead of being the way to connect to computing and data at centralised nodes, the Edge is becoming a primary source of data from an explosion of things. And these things need to connect to each other, and with people.
Mainframes did not go away when PCs and servers emerged, but they became less dominant and a smaller percentage of enterprise IT.
PCs didn’t go away when mobile devices emerged, but PC sales have been declining ever since. The cloud won’t go away when immersive technologies and an explosion of connected things become the norm – the cloud will simply become less dominant, and just a part of a broader architecture.
The amount of data produced by things, the need to interact locally, and the need for real-time analysis will push computing to centre around the importance of data. In turn closer to (IoT) things located at the Edge.
*Above excerpt text taken from Gartner Report: Maverick Research – The Edge will eat the Cloud.
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