Network Computing, March 16th, 2018
In the emerging IoT era, applications that require autonomy, low latency, and a lot of bandwidth are better suited for the edge.
In its race into the mainstream, the cloud revolutionized the way companies deal with data. The next wave of that revolution will happen at the edge, where the amount of data, the complexity of applications, and access demands are driving requirements for lower latency options. The incredible number of connected devices and services coming online means that more workloads are becoming highly interactive and transactional, while depending on, and generating, a staggering amount of data. The cloud alone simply isn’t a fit for many of these applications.
Constantly ingesting IoT data to the public cloud and making it readily available to users is complex, expensive, and creates performance lags that certain apps just can’t afford. For these applications, the edge is a much better option. Keeping this data closer to its users – at the edge – eliminates many of the problems inherent with the public cloud model. The combination of edge computing and the public cloud creates an excellent opportunity for enterprises to bring more data to the cloud while still meeting performance and access goals.