Scalable Edge Computing
The Advantages of Scalable Edge Computing
SCALABLE EDGE SOLUTIONS
The definition of the “Digital Edge” is a physical point where people and things connect to the networked digital world. “Edge Computing” is a distributed computing architecture that puts information processing (Data Entry, Storage, Compute, Point of Sale, etc.) close to the Digital Edge. In other words, data gets processed CLOSER to a user’s device instead of remote processing on Cloud.
In the beginning, there was One Big Computer, we connected to that computer using dumb terminals. Next we had personal computers, which was the first time the hardware that did the work was distributed. Now, we’re firmly in the cloud computing era. Many of us still own personal computers, but we mostly use them to access centralized services like Dropbox, Gmail, Office 365, and many others which are able to provide us data from anywhere at any time.
As streamlined as this sounds, a large percentage of companies rely on the infrastructure, hosting, machine learning, and compute power of a select few cloud providers: Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM. Most new opportunities for the “cloud” lie at the “edge.”
For the sake of discussion, we will now define an “Edge Solution” as a server cluster that has been brought out to the edge. Why would anyone want to do that? There are number of reasons: