Three Key Benefits of Edge Computing You Need to Know About for Your Next Project
This is part of Solutions Review’s Premium Content Series, a collection of reviews written by industry experts in maturing software categories. In this submission, Zadara’s Vice President of Global Solution Architecture, Noam Shendar, offers three key advantages of edge computing to consider before embarking on your next project.
Since the advent and mass adoption of the cloud, companies have found themselves in various stages of digital transformation – moving all their data to the cloud or, more likely, adopting a hybrid cloud strategy where a combination of public and private cloud environments – such as an on-premises data center and a public cloud computing environment – were the preferred choice. The ease of migrating workloads, the benefits of economies of scale, and the ubiquity of the cloud mean that its use at some level makes sense for most modern organizations. In fact, the state of cloud adoption today is not “if” but “how much”.
The nature of the public, private, or even hybrid cloud is that compute, networkingand storage remains in place, in a repository, whether close or far from the applications it serves. This centralized computing paradigm is still the de facto standard when it comes to “cloud”. When information is needed or stored, it is from the cloud that it is requested. And it travels from where that cloud is to the end user, which can take time (see: “latency”).
With the rise of IoT use cases such as smart cities and personalized healthcare applications, as well as a growing distributed workforce in a post-pandemic era, the need for a closer-to-the-source computing has become increasingly necessary. It’s the distributed and decentralized nature of edge computing which has led to a surge in adoption over the past few years.
Edge Computing is an architecture that allows data to be processed and used at the borders – or periphery – of a network, as close to the end user as possible. As global enterprises and end users move ever closer to the predicted 75% of corporate data created at remote sites by branch offices, mobile devices and IoT-enabled smart devices, companies are looking to deploy the computing at the network edge more today than ever before.
The rise and importance of Edge Computing manifests itself in many ways, including how it delivers improved response times and supports constant application availability.
Improved response times
Moving data-intensive workloads can fully consume network resources. For some use cases, it makes sense to process data near its source. The main benefit of edge computing is its improved latency and reduced response times while conserving network resources. Information doesn’t have to travel as far as it would in a traditional cloud deployment, making it available faster.
For example, IoT use cases include sensors that typically generate large amounts of data for the applications they support. It’s a matter of efficiency to process and analyze this data closer to its source, eliminating the need to communicate back and forth with the cloud, which can impact performance and response times. . Data transmission delays are unacceptable in a scenario where the sensors are part of an autonomous vehicle communication system.
Constant availability of an application
Edge computing supports application availability, even during connectivity or cloud outages. With edge computing located close to end users, the likelihood of a network problem in a remote location affecting local customers is greatly reduced.
Edge computing devices continue to operate efficiently on their own as they natively handle processing functions. With a growing hybrid workforce, edge computing benefits these employees while in their remote offices, improving performance and the ability to access corporate data in near real-time.
Improved security and privacy
By reducing the need to send sensitive information to the cloud. Even with the ever-increasing number of cyberattacks, edge computing distributes processing, storage, and application usage across devices and data centers, making it much less likely that a disruption will affect or bring the network to a halt. .
Edge clouds are on the rise today. Edge clouds are, in effect, compact data centers located close to the end user who uses them. The value proposition of an edge cloud is its decentralized nature, keeping data closer to its source while bringing computing resources to where they need to be. Edge clouds are an added value where geographic location is a major concern. With the entire cloud function – computer, storage and network – all brought closer to the data source, edge clouds enable near real-world response times while reducing the need to compete with large volumes of network traffic directed to and from the centralized. public cloud.
The importance of edge computing is rapidly growing, especially for certain use cases such as remote locations, where cloud access has been a challenge. The need for robust and responsive computing close to the user has become a global imperative to adequately power the technologies we have grown accustomed to in our daily lives. Flexible, efficient, and always-on, distributed edge computing is poised to take its place in the list of cloud approaches regularly considered by enterprises.