It’s no secret that more and more computing workloads are moving to the cloud, and will continue to move to the cloud in the years ahead. In 2018, 10% of companies have shut down their traditional data centers in favor of the cloud. By 2025, that number will be 80%, according Gartner.
But this centralization of data, computing power, and intelligence has its drawbacks, and there are important and cutting edge scenarios where sending every transaction to the cloud is too inefficient and not fault tolerant enough.
That’s where edge computing comes in. If you’re trying to get your head around what edge computing has to offer, here’s where to start:
Edge is mostly about computing-intensive, high-availability, mission critical applications that are sometimes geographically remote from computing centers. So we’re talking about things like self-driving cars, oil rigs, wind turbines, medical robots, airplanes, mining vehicles, and logistics infrastructure.
Edge computing makes it possible for these technologies to always function at a high level by having the capability to function like a local data center if connectivity is interrupted.