In 2020, we are in the cloud computing era. Many of us still own personal computers, but we mostly use them to access centralized services like Dropbox, Gmail, Office 365, Slack, etc. As centralized as this all sounds, the truly amazing thing about cloud is that a large percentage of users and companies rely on the infrastructure, hosting, machine learning and compute power of a very select few cloud providers: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Alibaba, and IBM.
Almost everything that can be centralized has been centralized. Most of the opportunities for the cloud lie on the “edge”. So, what is edge?
Edge is part of distributed computing topology in which information processing is located close to the edge, where things and people produce or consume the information.
Edge is transforming the way data is being handled, processed, and delivered from millions of devices around the world.
The explosive growth of IoT and of connected devices, along with new applications that require real-time computing power, continues to drive edge. Faster networking technologies, such as 5G are allowing edge to accelerate the support of real-time applications like video processing and analytics, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, and robotics.
For many companies, cost savings alone can be the driver towards deploying an edge-computing architecture. The biggest benefit of edge is the ability to store data faster, enabling more efficient real-time applications.
Manufacturers such as NVIDIA have recognized the need for more processing at the edge, which is why we’re seeing new systems modules that include artificial intelligence functionality built into them.