Will the Edge eat the Cloud?

Will the Edge eat the Cloud?

Some changes can come as a shock, especially when they come sooner than anticipated. While the cloud is still a valuable resource for business, some experts are already pointing to an existing IT model that might supplant it: Edge Computing.

The blog post entitled ‘The Edge Will Eat The Cloud’, written by Gartner VP and analyst Thomas Bittman, suggests edge computing will reign supreme as we move towards an increasingly interconnected world.

Before going further over the Edge and Edge Computing, the high-level description of Edge Computing as described in our blogpost Edge Computing and Data Centers, the goal of Edge Computing is to allow organizations to process data and services as close to the end-user as possible.

While cloud applications typically provide ample responsiveness for humans, some fields demand nearly instantaneous results, such as self-driving cars. The sheer volume of data self-driving cars generate means sending everything to a central server will be unrealistic. As edge computing finds its way into more devices, businesses and technology experts will explore new ways edge computing can help; devices developed for certain domains may prove useful in other areas, expanding the reach of edge computing.

Why workloads move to the Edge?

Cloud has its advantages and played a key role in the digital revolution, solving major problems; but, as technology evolves, negative sides start to be revealed. Cloud is an automated computing style that focuses mostly around storage and processing centralization in data centers, leveraging economies of scale. In time, with the shift towards more interconnected things, the main requirement will be about agility and not scale, with instant interactions and data that is produced and analyzed right at the edge.

Various researches see four major inconsistencies of the cloud that will easily be solved through the edge:

  • latency;
  • bandwidth;
  • autonomy;
  • privacy and security.

Even when the edge will start to grow and overcome the cloud, the later will still have some important roles to solve, focused on coordination of processes, aggregation of things, archiving of edge activity, machine learning models’ development and traditional back-office processing. Besides all of these, the cloud will ultimately act as a fallback for the edge, replacing it where unavailability will occur, but with fewer capabilities.

Will Edge eat the Cloud?

We expect that IoT will fundamentally overwhelm what is “centralized IT” today. Edge Computing will continue to impact the way we, as data center provider, will deliver space and services towards our clients. We expect that Edge Computing devices will get integrated into the cloud itself, helping to smooth out some of the rough edges of cloud computing since the benefits of cloud computing mean it will no doubt endure.

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