What do virtual reality, self-driving cars, IoT, smart homes and cellular devices have in common? Well, a few things. But, particularly, their increasing need for speed. We know better, faster, network infrastructure advances are helping us get there. But now, an emerging processing technology is going to give our smart and connected devices the edge they need.

When it come to giving the latest technological advances the speed they need to work at optimal levels, we often focus on the networks. Granted, that’s at the forefront for us here in the telecom industry. We look at how we can get our self-driving cars to process the data with little latency, and we dissect how we can help our IoT devices (like Alexa or city traffic lights) to get their sometimes critical information back to the cloud, and to us the fastest.

But now there’s talk of Edge Computing storming the scene. Like its name suggests, this technology works on the edge of where data is collected, and it essentially gives your smart car or smart home device its own data center. So instead of taking the data, sending it right to the cloud to be processed, then sending it back to the device – data is gathered and analyzed on site with awesome power.

This technology enables not only faster processing of data, but better processing of data too. That means your super-quick network doesn’t have to be bogged down by copious amounts of data, as Edge Computing quickly identifies the important data that needs to get to the data center in the first place.

Edge Computing isn’t necessarily new, but it’s only recently that this technology has become available to medium and smaller sized businesses. But this isn’t just a growing trend, it’s an innovation that’s going to shape and advance tech, IT and networks for years to come.

Keep in mind, though, whiIe Edge Computing sounds like it’s eliminating our newest brainchild The Cloud – it’s actually expanding off of it. In fact, this technology still has a long way to go before that’s even an option. And in reality, Edge Computing is part of the ebb and flow between centralized and local computing (ie: mainframes gave us PC’s which gave us the cloud). Except this time around, it seems like local computing and centralized computing are going to work hand-in-hand to deliver the best of both worlds: the immense power of centralized with the closeness and quickness of local.

So, if you weren’t prepared for the cloud or didn’t give into the hype, you might want to rethink that attitude this time around. Because Edge Computing is making waves – and they’re going to be big.

 

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