What Are the Benefits of Edge Computing?
Many organizations today are creating massive amounts of data, requiring fast transfer rates and response times, which often aren’t feasible when it comes to traditional IT infrastructure. Edge computing solutions offer several user benefits, including:
Downtime and slow response times are detrimental to businesses, resulting in decreased productivity, damage to brand reputation, and even loss of revenue. Edge computing can ensure high availability for applications and data, by leveraging a virtualized shared storage solution such as a virtual SAN on the hardware at the edge site. A highly available configuration can eliminate downtime, which keeps vital applications online, productivity high and customers satisfied.
As businesses grow, edge computing enables them to scale more cost-effectively. The hardware required at edge sites costs less – it doesn’t have to be datacenter-class, and the organization often does not need to install costly high capacity networking links for additional bandwidth and mitigate against latency. As well as latency, edge computing also helps mitigate against another common IT problem that can significantly impact revenue: downtime.
With traditional datacenter models, data is processed and stored centrally, and an outage at that central location is therefore much more likely to affect the entire organization. Edge computing reduces the threat of such scenarios by decentralizing resources, allowing each site to operate effectively on its own, minimizing the damage of network issues. Distributing applications, processing, and storage makes it more difficult for a single disruption, such as a localized natural disaster, to take down the entire organization.
Several different types of environments benefit from implementing edge computing solutions, including remote and branch offices, retail stores, industrial IoT, and manufacturing sites.