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MOVES FRONT

AND CENTER

THIS TECHNOLOGY, STILL IN ITS EARLY
STAGES, IS LIKELY TO HAVE AT LEAST AS
GREAT AN IMPACT ON BUSINESS AND OUR
LIVES AS THE CLOUD HAS. By Fawn Fitter
It's a dilemma faced by many businesses:

The solution to this dilemma? Process

How do I get the benefits of processing

large amounts of data using an additional

and storing data near where it's

layer of substantial computing and

created and used-benefits like speed,

storage resources located close to the

scalability, and security-while still taking

network edge - that is, edge computing.

advantage of the economies of scale
and other benefits the cloud offers?

Edge computing is not a substitute for
the cloud, but an enhancement of it.

The challenge is particularly acute for

Instead of, or in addition to, sending

companies whose business models

data to large data centers in remote

require low latency or high bandwidth,

locations, edge computing will process

to enable the delivery of data in as close

much of the data locally, using a mesh

to real time as possible.

of small but powerful server and storage
nodes-micro data centers-just one or

These companies don't want to send
their data traveling to distant cloud
data centers and back before it can be
consumed. But they don't want to return
to the old limitations of on-premise data
centers, either. Nor can their latencysensitive, resource-hungry, bandwidthintensive applications run well on mobile
devices that lack significant compute
power.

two Internet hops away from the " last
mile. " In this sense, it is a manifestation
of so-called fog computing, which
" brings the cloud closer " to IoT sensors,
smartphones, and other devices that
generate or gather large amounts of
data. (It's worth noting that the term
edge computing, as it gains currency as
a buzz phrase, is often used to describe
situations that fall outside this strict
definition.)

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