Edge computing is one of the big trends for 2018. Huge companies are adopting the technology and more branch sites than ever are recording and storing data. But what does edge mean? It feels like the definition keeps on changing, and the concept is as mysterious as bitcoin, Facebook’s privacy policy, and the Krabby Patty recipe combined!

Simply: Since networks do not cover an infinite distance, there will be sites that are too remote to adopt a centralized or cloud system for controlling data and applications. This is called the network edge, edge computing is the technology that sits in these remote sites and carries out work.

Edge computing can be harnessed in a variety of ways:

Optimizing cloud computing systems: processing data with the cloud is great, but centralized processing can fall victim to downtime or network interruptions. Therefore, when data needs to be processed and analyzed quickly – and failure to do so many have huge consequences – the edge can often be the better option, as it does not fall victim to downtime or latency.

Remote or branch sites: The network edge can be a frustrating place to sit. You either limit your capacity to process applications and data, or you pay huge amounts for a difficult connection to the cloud or corporate datacenter. Edge solutions can be very lightweight, and are often flexible enough to be hardware agnostic.

Connecting IoT sensors and devices: We are learning more and more about our world, processing data from the farthest reaches from the globe, and beginning to adopt IoT technology into our lives in an effort to automate services. By decentralizing data processing, we open up the possibility of creating massive intelligent networks, by using edge computing to connect IoT devices.

While the majority of businesses are adopting edge into their IT services, there are still some that are unsure of what edge computing could do for them. If you’re not sure whether or not you are edge, then get in touch with the team at [email protected], who will be able to tell you if you could reduce downtime by implementing a cost-effective, lightweight, flexible solution.