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Why Organizations Require an Edge Data Architecture to Digitize Sustainably

By Swapnil Mishra - October 28, 2022 4 Mins Read


Infrastructure software, or tools, are needed by organizations so that developers can quickly and effectively create strong new apps by digitizing and capturing the decentralized world.

The decentralized world has been ignored and worked around in IT over the past two decades by fusing impressive technologies and organizational structures in strategies like cloud data warehouses. This presents a significant barrier to digitization projects.

Organizations require a broader spectrum of data architecture options that reflect the diversity of the world in order to truly, finally digitize across industries.

Organizations cannot fully realize the potential of digitization and enable new use cases until they reject the dominance of a centralized cloud-based approach and acknowledge the need for a distributed paradigm.

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It is wasteful on all fronts to force centralized cloud usage on decentralized or distributed use cases. It is unsustainable and a significant factor in the slowdown of digitization. In addition to the cloud, developers need easy-to-use tools for decentralized and distributed computing so they can select the most beneficial and long-lasting data architecture for a particular project.

Why data architecture is central to successful digitization

Data architecture aims to manage data flow throughout the enterprise in line with organizational strategy and to match business requirements with data and system requirements. Data follows the needs of the business; good data architectures make it available when and where it is needed.

Data modeling is a phrase that we are referring to. The goal of data modeling and data architecture is to close the gap between technology and business. Data modeling, on the other hand, focuses on particular systems or business cases, whereas data architecture spans the organization and adopts a high-level, comprehensive perspective.

In any case, the modeling or architecture should reflect business requirements. However, the data architecture is frequently predetermined at the highest level and is centralized or cloud-based. Effective data use necessitates the use of the proper data architecture, which must be based on business requirements. However, most businesses adopt a technology-first strategy, creating substantial platforms while placing insufficient emphasis on game-changing use cases.

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The “inaccessibility of edge data” that comes along with the dominance of centralized cloud computing results in lost business opportunities as well as a barrier to innovation and value creation.

Why organizations should care about edge data architecture

Bringing data management tools closer to edge environments has many benefits. In terms of development, there is also some good news: New edge computing solutions aim to give developers access to core infrastructure software so they can manage edge data conveniently.

The fundamental capabilities for making decentralized edge data usable outside of conventional data centers and public cloud environments are provided by so-called edge database management systems (or edge databases). Within the decentralized/distributed edge computing topology, they are responsible for gathering, retrieving, storing, distributing, and governing data.

Inefficient data architectures are not sustainable

There are a lot more benefits to investing in edge computing topologies and other carefully chosen data architectures than just reducing your carbon footprint. Selecting an appropriate and effective data architecture will benefit society and the economy. The cloud also promotes wasteful development practices and data architecture: a lot of data is transferred back and forth between the edge and the cloud without any real benefit. The ecosystem will be strengthened by a broader range of data architectures and solution providers, enabling more innovations and a greater degree of independence from hyperscalers.

The world is decentralized, and data is produced everywhere. The cloud, which is the most popular computing model, is by nature centralized. Forcing the decentralized world to follow this centralized topology is impossible, ineffective, and unsustainable. This is one of the factors slowing down digitization. A new data architecture that takes into account this decentralized reality is necessary in order to fully utilize the value of edge data.

A distributed topology known as “edge computing” moves computing and data storage closer to the edge and to data sources. However, core infrastructure software for edge computing is still lacking, making it difficult to implement edge projects. One benefit of edge databases is that they enable developers to quickly manage edge data on the fly.

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Swapnil Mishra

Swapnil Mishra is a Business News Reporter with over six years of experience in journalism and mass communication. With an impressive track record in the industry, Swapnil has worked with different media outlets and has developed technical expertise in drafting content strategies, executive leadership, business strategy, industry insights, best practices, and thought leadership. Swapnil is a journalism graduate who has a keen eye for editorial detail and a strong sense of language skills. She brings her extensive knowledge of the industry to every article she writes, ensuring that her readers receive the most up-to-date and informative news possible. Swapnil's writing style is clear, concise, and engaging, making her articles accessible to readers of all levels of expertise. Her technical expertise, coupled with her eye for detail, ensures that she produces high-quality content that meets the needs of her readers. She calls herself a plant mom and wants to have her own jungle someday.

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