What is Edge Computing?:

Edge computing places content, data and processing closer to the applications, things and users that consume and interact with them. Edge computing complements legacy clouds. Technology leaders must be ready for this new edge revolution. 


Some interesting aspects of edge computing are:

  • Cloud computing and edge computing are complementary, rather than competitive or mutually exclusive
  • The right infrastructure is required
  • Edge computing enables organizations to capitalise on data in near-real-time 

According to Gartner*, “By 2022, more than 50% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside the data centre or cloud. By 2020, 80% of asset-intensive industry CIOs will be responsible for operational technology (OT) data, and will embrace IT/OT integration as a strategic imperative.” 

In this article, we will explore…

  • What edge computing is, and which technologies help shape it
  • How edge computing can be beneficial
  • What the future holds for the edge and the cloud

What edge computing is, and which technologies help shape it

Gartner* define edge computing as composed by 3 layers:

  • The Edge: The physical location where things and people connect with the networked digital world
  • Edge Computing: A part of a distributed computing topology in which information processing is located close to the edge — where things and people produce or consume that information
  • The Core: A centralized data centre owned by an enterprise, a service provider or a cloud provider 

How edge computing can be beneficial

  • It avoids latency and the way latency affects an application
  • Less bandwidth is taken up, and with less data volume
  • It satisfies organizations’ need for limited self-governance or disconnected operation
  • It helps keep data private and secure
  • It fulfils the need for interactivity on a local level

What the future holds for the edge and the cloud

With cloud computing becoming more and more common, the IT environments of many organizations include public and some private cloud, along with conventional IT systems. It is a widely held belief amongst organizations that hybrid scenarios can be used to help resolve issues that environments with a variety of different IT systems face. Gartner noted the following patterns at their cloud Hype Cycle:

  • The next wave of cloud-enabled platform services is delivering advanced capabilities based on artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, the IoT.
  • At the cloud Hype peak (that include serverless, multicloud and containers), the focus is on specific approaches that drive innovation.
  • At the trough, private cloud, cloudbursting and brokerage are struggling with implementation challenges.

Some limiting factors that affect implementation are; the speed of light, the cost of transporting huge amounts of data back and forth and the cost of cloud data ingress/egress. These have led even organizations with large-scale cloud operations to conclude that centralized cloud and distributed edge are both equally vital.

Gartner* estimates that IoT endpoints “will reach an installed base of 25.1 billion units by 2021”. Edge computing has garnered a lot of attention because of a demand for IoT systems to provide disconnected or distributed functions to the IoT world. Edge computing an effect on almost every aspect of the IT landscape; with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) leading the trend”.

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* Article based on a Gartner report by Bob Gill and David Smith

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