Edge Computing: Why is it Pertinent Now than Ever?
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Edge Computing: Why is it Pertinent Now than Ever?

By CIOReview | Friday, June 11, 2021

Edge computing networks can drastically reduce latency and improve performance because data does not have to go all the way back to the central server for the device to know that a function needs to be performed.

FREMONT, CA: Like other trendy new areas of enterprise technology, edge computing is a broad architectural concept rather than a set of individual solutions. Edge computing is most commonly used in low-latency settings where computational power is required to be close to the action, whether that action is industrial IoT robots throwing widgets or sensors continuously monitoring the temperature of vaccines in production. According to research, 90 percent of industrial businesses will be using edge computing by 2022.

More data can now be collected, stored, and processed by IoT devices than ever before. This allows businesses to optimize their networks by relocating more processing operations closer to the network edge, where data is collected. It may be studied and used in real-time, bringing it much closer to the target users. Edge computing networks can drastically reduce latency and improve performance because data does not have to go all the way back to the central server for the device to know that a function needs to be performed. The speed and flexibility provided by this approach to data management open up a world of possibilities for businesses.

Edge Computing and IoT

The current number of IoT devices in use is staggering, and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that this number will skyrocket in the coming years. Edge computing is already having a significant impact on how firms build their systems, given the large number of IoT devices connected to networks worldwide. Organizations will be pushed to improve their existing edge networks as the need for quicker, more efficient services and content delivery grows. Companies that do not invest in edge computing now may find themselves in the terrible position of catching up to their competitors in the future.

Businesses can benefit significantly from the data generated by devices connected to the internet. However, that opportunity comes with its own set of obstacles in terms of data management, analysis, and storage. These operations were traditionally handled in a company's private data center or cloud, but the sheer volume of data has forced these networks to their breaking point.

Edge computing systems relieve this burden by decentralizing data processing and dispersing it among local edge data centers and other tools closer to the source. Examining data closer to where it is collected has high cost and efficiency advantages. Companies can also handle issues such as limited connectivity and the cost of transmitting data to a centralized server by deploying edge computing systems.

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