Gartner confirms that by 2025, companies will generate and process 75% or more of their data outside the traditional centralized data centers – to the “edge” of the cloud.
Cloud computing is ready to move to the next level. Technology giants like Microsoft, Amazon, and Alphabet (Google) – are all set to leverage 5G wireless technology and artificial intelligence to enable faster response times, lower latency (ability to process very high volumes of data with minimal delay), and simplified maintenance in computing. The cloud has never before been so critical to the enterprise.
This is where Edge Computing steps are — seen as an extension to the cloud, yet different in several essential ways. Allowing data to be processed, analyzed and transferred at the edge of the network, edge computing will enable enterprises to assemble and analyses data closer to where it is stored, in real-time, without latency. Hence it can allow for quick content delivery and data processing that should be the future of computing. This is a prevalent concept, and companies have been slowly moving towards its adoption. But, as per expert predictions, the pace of edge computing adoption will grow in geometric progression in the next five years.
At the moment, the existing Internet of Things (IoT) systems perform all of their computations in the cloud using the data centers. Edge computing primarily is sought after for managing the massive amounts of data generated by IoT devices by processing and storing data locally. This ensures that non-critical data doesn’t travel over a network immediately after it’s processed, thus reducing the amount of data traveling over the network. As the operational demands of data storage increase, firms need to move to faster adoption of more secure and controlled data storage centers. This is where the movement from cloud to edge is fuelled.
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Nvidia, engaged in the design and manufacture of graphics and AI acceleration hardware, has recently announced its EGX edge computing platform to help telecom operators adopt the 5G networks capable of supporting edge workloads. The new Nvidia Aerial software developer kit will also assist telecom companies in building virtualized radio access networks letting them support the smart factories, AR/VR, and cloud gaming.
Experts suggest that the true potential of edge computing will only become apparent post the go-live of 5G networks about a year from now. Users will be able to experience consistent connectivity without even realizing it. So the real era of edge computing is yet to arrive where industries will unleash the power of secure data storage and transmission.