Behind the Buzzword: Edge Computing
of the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more commonplace in small business, the
term ‘edge computing’ has also entered the conversation. To many, however, its
meaning and uses remain vague. Gartner defines it as, “Solutions that
facilitate data processing at or near the source of data generation, as opposed
to consolidating all processing power at the core of the network.” In IoT
applications, data sources are usually ‘things’ embedded with sensors or small
devices. Positioning these data ‘generators’ and their ‘processors’
in closer proximity reduces the volume of traffic back to the central
repository, while improving latency and reducing power consumption.
nearer is better. So will edge computing replace the cloud, as some pundits
predict? No. But the two will increasingly comingle in the next 1-3 years,
which gives you plenty of time to start formulating your questions.