Learning about Edge Computing
BY: NEISHA SANTIAGO
What is Edge Computing?
Edge computing is the data processing power at the edge of the network, closer to the source of data. With edge computing, each device like a smartphone, drone, sensor, robot, HVAC unit, autonomous car, or other smart devices—takes some of the data processing implemented by the cloud and packages it up for processing and analysis at the edge.
The speed of business is increasing, with immediate response times becoming a crucial competitive advantage for many industries. Edge computing can help companies to very quickly analyze and store parts of their data closer to where it’s needed, making it a necessary complement to cloud computing.
Edge Computing Advantages
As edge computing goes mainstream, it contributes a significant strategic benefit for many industries.
Here are five ideas of how edge computing is transforming the business world:
- Reducing IoT solution Costs
Edge computing provides you to process and analyze essential data closer to the device itself, reducing the volume of data that flows back and forth between the cloud and the edge of the network. Businesses can decide which services run at the edge and what data gets sent to the cloud, reducing IoT solution costs, and getting the most value from their overall IoT solution.
- Security and Compliance
Edge computing supports to address the security and compliance requirements that have limited some industries from using the cloud. With edge computing, organizations can filter out critical identifiable information and process it locally, transferring the non-sensitive data to the cloud for additional processing.
- Responses in Less Time
Without a round-trip to the cloud, data latency decreases the time it takes to glean actionable insights from that data. There are some specifics areas where the cloud is limited, and that is why latency, bandwidth, security, and lack of offline access can be problematic. Edge computing is poised to improve autonomous vehicles avoid collisions, stop company operations before equipment fails—and improve any situation requiring immediate data analysis.
- Reliable Performance Even if your Connectivity is Unstable
Edge computing allows smart devices to operate without any interruption; also when it is disconnected, or the Internet is unstable, this makes it an excellent tool for companies that have a critical data analysis or, for example, detect malfunctions in a computer, even when it is not connected to the cloud.
- Better Connection Between Devices
Edge computing transforms the communication protocols used by legacy devices into a language that new smart devices and the cloud can perform, making it simple to connect legacy industrial equipment with advanced IoT platforms. As a result, organizations can use IoT without spending on new expensive equipment and quickly capture advanced data in their procedures.
What is extraordinary is what happens when you combine the power of the cloud and edge computing to deliver the real value of IoT. Organizations will be able to analyze and take measures on different types of data with agility and accuracy, giving them a significant advantage over their competitors.
Edge computing will encourage the next wave of business transformation. Improve reliability and faster response times in your organization. The time to start with edge computing is now.
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