Ready for that Close-up? Edge Computing Emerging to Meet the Need

Ready for that Close-up? Edge Computing Emerging to Meet the Need

Edge computing focuses on putting compute and storage resources outside the enterprise data center, in or near branches. But edge computing, propelled by IoT and poised to grow with the spread 5G services, is not traditional decentralized computing. CIOs need to understand what drives an edge computing strategy in order to avoid recreating the problems with branch IT that data center consolidation was designed to fix.

Edge computing is distinguished from legacy distributed computing by motivation as well as by technology, architecture and management philosophy. Legacy decentralized computing arose mainly because ownership and control issues — the business lines in the branch wanted IT resources they controlled — and because the need to minimize use WAN network links. An edge computing strategy, by contrast, assumes centralized delivery as the norm and expects adequate bandwidth to deliver services; it puts compute and storage resources in enterprise branches or in co-location facilities near them, solely in order to meet the functional needs specific use cases.

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(It’s worth noting that about 4% of the typical enterprise’s IT workloads run in branches or edge facilities, according to our 2019-2020 Cloud and Cybersecurity Research Study. We’ll be digging into that in a bit more detail in the next iteration of that research a little later this year. We are eager to see how carrier edge facilities from folks like CenturyLink and on-premises cloud infrastructure like Amazon Outposts fit into the evolving enterprise edge picture.)

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