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5 minute readA Deep Dive in the Edge Computing Environment

Edge Computing Allows for Cutting Edge Technologies

There’s been an increasing amount of discussion recently on edge computing, and rightfully so as it reduces latency and costs for companies large and small. Processing information on an edge network enables the advancement of digital frameworks. These advanced frameworks support many cutting-edge technologies including Internet of Things (IoT) software, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, autonomous vehicles, and even medical devices.

While large, centralized data centers and cloud computing still play a key role for companies, edge computing is quickly revolutionizing business operations, as well as everyday life. Edge devices are much more efficient and more nimble, which allows them to perform functions that would have been inconceivable just a decade ago.

Edge Computing Allows for Cutting Edge Technologies

The highly distributed nature of edge computing leverages localized processing and storage, which allows it to serve as the foundation of modern advanced technologies including IoT. At a fundamental level, edge computing changes the way companies manage and store data.

In this article we will take a closer look at what edge computing means, how it relates to IoT and the cloud, and specific benefits and security concerns of edge data centers.


What is Edge Computing?

In simple terms, edge computing gathers and processes data as close to the data’s creation point as possible. Hence edge computing is simply just what the words themselves state, computing that takes place at the edge, or the fringe, of where that data is being collected. To accomplish this, edge computing uses sensors, processing devices, and other equipment to gather the data and send it to edge servers.

Prior to edge computing, data gathering and processing took place in the cloud or at a centralized datacenter, often very far away from the origination point from a geographic perspective. As companies are increasingly adopting IoT devices, it’s imperative to deploy edge servers and gateway devices in order to reduce the latency from using centralized data centers far away. Indeed, going forward, smaller edge data centers located in smaller cities or rural areas will be increasingly implemented.

In this new decentralized ecosystem, edge data centers aren’t the only option. IoT devices can also process data internally. In fact, edge networks are built using the integration of many different technologies. Edge frameworks are tremendously flexible and scalable.

Edge Computing vs. Cloud Computing

Edge Computing vs. Cloud Computing

While some people believe edge computing and cloud computing are the same thing, they are actually quite different. Cloud computing uses a centralized model for processing and data gathering, whereas edge computing is highly distributed or decentralized.

Edge environments locate applications and processing functions as close as possible to the site where the data was generated. In most cases, companies use both cloud and edge networks to build a comprehensive IoT framework. One important aspect to be aware of is that edge data centers can’t handle extremely large amounts of data very well. In these cases, cloud computing is the preferred model.


The Benefits of IoT Edge Computing

Edge computing has evolved primarily out of necessity. Large, complex networks of IoT edge devices require the support of a more agile framework than traditional, centralized data centers. As a result of this increased agility, edge computing substantially decreases latency compared to centralized data centers.

There is also a cost savings benefit for smaller organizations because edge computing reduces the need for expensive cloud services. Additionally, since edge networks are highly distributed, they are smaller. Smaller networks allow companies to deploy hardware much more efficiently by suppling only what is needed at a particular location and thereby reducing waste.


IoT Security Concerns of Edge Computing

With all of the game-changing benefits brought about by IoT edge computing, there are also some security concerns. A primary security concern for edge networks is the use of thousands of sensors and devices from different manufacturers. These different manufacturers use different protocols and firmware, which makes edge networks more vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks. Additionally, many companies end up with different internal IT teams implementing IoT devices that operate independently of each other resulting in a lack of centralized security.


Looking Ahead in Edge Computing

As companies look to the future, it’s vital that they develop a cohesive strategy for implementing edge computing and IoT devices into their operations. As digital activity on the edge only accelerates, the importance of gathering and processing data at its origination point will only grow. While edge computing is rapidly becoming a necessity, cloud computing will still play an important role for most organizations.

By successfully implementing edge computing frameworks, companies will experience cost savings and faster operating speed, which will benefit their businesses greatly. It’s important for IT leaders to rethink their approach to security architectures because IoT edge computing is so decentralized. With proper planning and alignment among IT teams, edge computing done well can bring tremendous rewards.



Reliant Technology Provides Expert-Level Edge Computing Support

At Reliant Technology, we are experts in edge computing. As a Third Party Maintenance provider, we support a wide variety of edge computing devices and data centers. With over 15 years of experience, we can provide maintenance and support for at least 50% less than the fees charged by OEMs. Our edge computing support is fast and responsive because we keep onsite spares kits and respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with our 4-hour SLA.

Contact Reliant Technology today for all of your edge computing maintenance and support needs.

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Reid Smith-Vaniz

by Reid Smith-Vaniz

Reid is the founder and CEO of Reliant Technology and for 14 years has pursued his mission to remove the pain associated with maintaining IT infrastructure. Reid writes on common challenges related to maintaining, servicing, tracking, budgeting, and upgrading technology.

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