Xconomy, March 29th, 2018
There’s no arguing that the cloud has transformed the way organizations deal with data and apps. It has freed IT departments from constantly provisioning and managing storage, while bringing overall costs down. For these reasons and more, companies everywhere are moving more and more data and compute tasks to the cloud every day.
It’s important, however, not to go overboard. No matter how great the cloud is, there are many applications that will simply never be a fit for what the cloud can provide. That doesn’t mean that managing them yourself, on-premise is the way to go, either. In fact, many of these apps require performance and security metrics that also make them a poor fit to be kept in-house.
The solution? Utilizing the edge keeps data, and compute, close to where it’s being used, eliminating some of the limitations of the public cloud. As concepts like the Internet of Things and autonomous devices take shape, the types of apps that are better suited to the edge continue to increase. How do you know if your app will be better served using the edge? Here are three characteristics to keep in mind.