What is Edge Computing?
Cloud computing has been all the rage in the past ten years or so, as more and more people grow to understand it, but ‘edge computing’ could be about to disrupt this.
Edge Computing is a relatively new term, which refers to data being processed at the edge of a network, instead of doing all of that processing in a big central cloud.
Edge Computing! Why should I care?
A lot of this data is from the internet of things (IoT) devices, and it is processed closer to where it is created instead of sending it across long routes to data centres or clouds.
So instead of waiting for all of your data to be processed in a large central cloud ‘warehouse’, some of it is done closer to you.
This isn’t happening in opposition to the cloud, but in parallel with it. Devices working on the edge still operate in tandem with centralised data centres, which co-ordinate and handle larger data storage and processing needs.
Doing this computing closer to the edge of the network lets organizations analyse important data in near real-time – a need of organisations across many industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications and finance.
Edge Computing – “a grown-up approach to advanced technology”
Antony Cross, Solway’s Engineering Director and leading force for IT progress in Cumbria, points out that Edge Computing is the sort of “grown-up”, balanced approach to advanced technology that characterises the most successful businesses. “Our Solway and associated networks are managed with Edge Computing. It gives you access to the most advanced applications in the Cloud that you could not, as a single business, afford to build, let alone maintain. But you also get better performance by integrating your specialised local applications with lower risk and lower cost. You have to take a “whole-system approach” and break through the “pain-barrier” of thinking the whole enterprise through – and connect to the Internet with a Direct Internet Access (“leased line”) connection, of course.
Edge computing is in its early days. As with many of the emerging technologies, it is a bit confusing to the customers.
Microsoft recently reported an increase in cloud computer revenues and usage, caused by the rise of edge computing and the IoTs. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s chief executive, said: “There are new workloads being born that require both the cloud and the edge.”
A reliable internet connection is key
The emergence of edge computing is another massive arrow pointing towards the need for a solid and reliable internet connection.
Think about it – this new edge concept of processing some data before it goes to the big cloud warehouse has been caused by increasing number of uses of the internet, and growing demands of modern businesses.
Direct Internet Access
Processing the data close to home is one way of improving speed and reliability, but a quick win is to ensure you have direct access to the internet, not sharing with anyone else.
This is where Direct Access Internet is particularly useful.
This means you are connected directly to the internet superhighway. if you use a wired connection edge computing can be a time consuming and costly. Solway Comms can give you direct access wirelessly, using our own infrastructure.
What is cloud computing?
Cloud computing basically means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. It is quite often processed and stored in large data centres.
Edge computing means completing some of this processing closer to you, rather than waiting for it all to get to the large data centre.