Edge computing is one of the newer terms you might hear when companies talk about scaling and safety of their data. But what is it and could it help your company?
Edge computer is about processing data as close to the source as you can which cuts down on both latency and the use of bandwidth. It is seen as a key part of using the Internet of Things in a wide variety of ways and also for things like autonomous vehicles.
It uses a decentralised approach to computing applied to networks which are somewhat the opposite of the centralised approach of cloud computing. With it, most data is moved away from physical computers and placed onto a private server. This is ideal where lots of data is generated as it allows for a triage of data locally with some processed nearby and the backhaul traffic to the central data repository is reduced. In other words, it is ideal if you are using the Internet of Things in the workplace.
With edge computing, it takes less time to move data and there are fewer hardware limitations which are easily addressed. Unlike a conventional storage system with hardware that can create a bottleneck, memory can be moved to any point and increase data transfer speeds. It also reduces operating costs and also maintenance costs for that hardware.
Due to its continually moving nature, edge computing is also safer and much harder for hackers to penetrate. It also uses various security layers to protect the data as it moves around including additional firewalls and more antivirus scans.
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