The cloud is arguably the most transformative enterprise technology in the past two decades. Yet, as powerful as it is, it faces a huge latency problem -- and the big public cloud providers know it.
Their data centers can't be everywhere and close to every end-user, so the big distances created result in unavoidable latency.
On its own, the public cloud can't power smart cities, autonomous vehicles, primary storage or any other application that requires a predictable, high-speed response for large data sets that reside in many locations. A self-driving car can't wait seconds for data it sends to the cloud to be processed and then receive a response. That's why compute and storage resources are increasingly being moved to the edge to facilitate the faster response times that are required for these next-generation data demands. And as edge computing matures, technologists are poised to finally unlock the full potential of the cloud.
We spoke with Ellen Rubin, CEO and co-founder of ClearSky Data, provider of an on-demand primary storage service that includes backup and disaster recovery, to find out more about the rise of the edge and what it means for the cloud.