You’d be hard-pressed to find a household in the United States that doesn’t interact with a voice assistant daily. Once considered a novelty, voice assistants have become mainstream thanks to smart home devices and software like Siri and Cortana.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is impacting the future of every industry. According to the research firm Statista, forecasts suggest that by 2025 there will be more than 75 billion IoT connected devices in use. This figure would signify a nearly threefold increase from the IoT connected devices in 2019. It’s clear that IoT is here to stay, and it along with many other applications are taxing modern networks to their limit.
Applications in industrial IoT, auto manufacturing plants, and healthcare are also pushing companies to improve latency through cloud edge solutions. How can combining cloud and edge computing help organizations prepare for the future?
Cloud and Edge Computing Are Becoming Inseparable
Edge solutions provide data services during the last mile of data delivery. This ability reduces transmission to and from the data center and improves latency, user experience, and security. Edge cloud solutions take this one step further by reducing the need to process data at a central server.
Data is processed on the client side before hitting the network to reduce the data loads of individual data centers. Instead of tons of raw data hitting the server at once, it is processed using client computing power, making transmission faster and more predictable.
Edge cloud computing leverages the power of client devices from many different locations to do what previously would have only been possible with massive data centers. It allows organizations to increase their applications’ capabilities without upgrading data centers in parallel, which simplifies scaling large operations.
One downside is that edge cloud computing is more complex than traditional data center networks. This complexity is due to the immense interconnectivity needed for edge cloud solutions to thrive. For edge solutions to be successful, all key stakeholders need to cooperate, including telco companies, c-suite, data center engineers, and end users. When everything is working together, organizations and end users benefit from a network that can’t be matched by traditional methods.
Edge computing will continue to provide improvements for organizations who use it, especially as faster networking becomes possible with the advent of 5G. For manufacturers, this could mean reduced operational costs and increased productivity, while financial institutions may be interested in faster financial decisions and quick response to security threats. Whatever your industry, you can’t ignore the advantages that come from leveraging edge cloud computing.
Intequus can help you design, deploy, and maintain your edge infrastructure. Whether you need edge pops to serve a community better or edge node servers on-premise to fit a particular client’s needs, we can help you design hardware that balances budget and performance. Talk to one of our experts today.