Edge computing is attracting a lot of attention these days, even from cloud providers that have previously said “everything will go to the cloud.” For example, take AWS Outposts, a new service that AWS announced in November. This service, which should become available next quarter, enables customers to run AWS on-premises, and then connect to the AWS cloud. To accomplish this, AWS ships customers fully managed racks of AWS-designed compute and storage hardware running VMware.
But there’s more. AWS IoT SiteWise, part of a suite of IoT services, collects data from industrial sites through an on-premises gateway. The very next week, Microsoft announced new functionality for its own IoT service, Azure IoT Edge. Clearly, AWS and Microsoft now realize that the cloud alone will not be enough to provide the performance that enterprise IT and the growing number of applications for IoT will require.