Edge computing is a centralized alternative to cloud computing that uses a number of smart devices around the “edge” of the network to store data. With the rise of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), edge computing is expected to provide many benefits to organizations. Those benefits include shorter wait times, improved security, more reasonable costs, and responsive data collection. According to a recent report by research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, 90% of industrial enterprises will use marginal computing by 2022.
David Williams, managing director at AHEAD, told the Enterprisers Project: “To remain competitive in the post-cloud era, innovation companies are adopting edge computing thanks to its endless breakthrough capabilities that are not all cores available.” local interactions, reduced impact from service disruptions, improved privacy and security, and reduced latency. “
Benefits of Edge Computing
Of all the benefits that edge computing can bring to organizations, lightning-fast speeds and reduced latency will be the most variable factors. Moving large amounts of data on a network is time-consuming. Edge computing brings computers closer to users, making data transfer speeds faster and less cumbersome.
“With edge computing, data is carefully reviewed and analyzed at the place of production, only the relevant data will be sent to the cloud for storage. This means less data is sent to the cloud, reduced bandwidth usage, privacy and security breaches are more likely to occur on the device’s website making it much harder to ‘hack’ the device, and the speed at which it interacts with data increases significantly”, writes Mark Seddon, CEO of Pact Global, in the Information Age.
How will Edge Computing transform the industry?
Edge computing is expected to pave the way for a number of technological revolutions, such as virtual and enhanced reality for smartphone users and smart cities with connected routes and self-vehicles. Marginal computing can also transform the industrial sector. Use cases include preventing equipment problems and reducing energy consumption. Another potential application is “smart farming”, in which large agricultural production sectors can be automated. This can assist farmers in increasing crop yields and minimizing waste.
The film and gaming industry could be the first to be transformed by marginal computing. Movie producers must be able to transfer large video files taken in high resolution. This process is often not possible over the internet. In fact, the video files are so large that most are still distributed by car after shooting, instead of digitally. Slow speeds also make it difficult to inactivity and export movies and games on a computer.
To help solve this problem, Amazon Web Services is developing an advanced computing infrastructure in Los Angeles — a city with many film and game companies. There, the tech giant founded its first company called “AWS Local Zones,” an edge computing initiative that provides low-latency access to Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud computing platform, in “location centers,” rather than just in Amazon’s Vast Cloud. These “local zones” provide distributed infrastructure that provides low-latency and edge computing applications to customers. In each AWS Locale is an “AWS Outpost,” a rack that contains the AWS cloud infrastructure. So far, Amazon has established two Local Areas in Los Angeles and aims to reduce activity for the film and game industry.
Get up close to the edge
Many organizations do not fully understand marginal computing and its impact on their business. From providing real-time data analytics to reducing system problems, edge computing can be customized to meet the specific needs of the organization.
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