According to a recent report, by 2025, 175 zettabytes (or 175 trillion gigabytes) of data will be generated around the globe – edge devices will create more than 90 zettabytes of that data.
Edge computing is computing that’s done at or near the source of the data, instead of relying on the cloud at one of a dozen data centers to do all the work.
Edge computing doesn’t mean the cloud will disappear. It means the cloud is coming to you.
Another way of looking at it: Edge computing is the practice of capturing, storing, processing and analyzing data near the client, where the data is generated, instead of in a centralized data processing warehouse.
Hence, the data is stored at intermediate points at the “edge” of the network, rather than always at the central server or data center.
Edge computing is important because it creates new and improved ways for industrial and enterprise-level businesses to maximize operational efficiency, improve performance and safety, automate all core business processes, and ensure “always on” availability. It is a leading method to achieve the digital transformation of how you do business.
The management aspect of edge computing is hugely important for security – especially with 5G’s fast forward interconnectivity of IoT devices and all the security issues tagging along for the ride.
But security isn’t the only way that edge computing will help solve the problems IoT introduced. Edge proponents expect a bandwidth savings enabled by edge computing.
For instance, if you buy one security camera, you can probably stream all of its footage to the cloud. If you buy a dozen security cameras, you have a bandwidth problem. But if the cameras are smart enough to only save the “important” footage and discard the rest, your bandwidth problem is resolved.
Want to learn more? Tonex offers Fundamentals of Edge Computing, a 2-day course that introduces participants to Edge Computing and its application in 5G including Multi-access edge computing (MEC) and Mobile Edge Computing.
Participants will learn about Multi-access edge computing (MEC) as a network architecture concept that enables cloud computing capabilities and an IT service environment at the edge of any network.
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