Edge computing is the process of bringing compute and storage closer to where it’s needed. This has some obvious benefits, including:
- Greatly reduced latency, since work is being done closer to data
- Improved data security
- Reduced bandwidth needs
Despite these benefits—and the rapid increase in edge computing on the whole—there are still a lot of myths about what edge computing can actually mean for a company.
Thankfully, we’ve found this recent article from The Enterprisers Project to be useful in helping our clients understand what edge computing is and, more importantly, what it is not.
In the article, writer Stephanie Overby wades into the murky ideas many people have about edge computing and debunks a number of myths. Her piece is well worth reading in full, but there are three myths we want to highlight for this post.
Edge computing is a cloud killer
In our opinion, this myth couldn’t be further from the truth.
Public cloud providers are getting into the edge space with solutions that extend their offering outside of their datacenters with services like Google Anthos, Azure Arc, and AWS Outposts. We believe this is a proactive approach by providers to address the immense edge opportunities ahead.
Edge computing and IoT are one and the same
While edge computing certainly complements IoT, it’s not the only use case.
We’re working on projects where our customers need pods deployed to aggregate geography dispersed workloads without communicating with the core. In retail, we’re also helping organizations build cloud-native edge solutions that provide better customer experiences while enhancing the stability of their operation platforms.
Edge computing is theoretical or immature
The reality is that many companies are already leveraging edge computing models and reaping the benefits. And once 5G fully rolls out, the possibilities and use cases are only going to explode.
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