Edge Computing: Enabling Real-Time Insights and Actions
“If the edge device if it has enough memory, you can process and archive data there, and it can be uploaded to the cloud later when it’s convenient,” Ressler said. “You also could use edge computing to make decisions on the device in real time, and also be sending some data to the cloud to be analyzed, but not relying on the cloud for any real-time decisions.” That strategy can help organizations reduce their cloud bill, and also can be effective in use cases where intermittent connectivity is an issue, such as at construction sites or mining sites.
Brown added, “It’s not a ‘versus’ situation.” Cloud computing and edge computing are complementary. “The reality is the amount of processing that people want to do is going up and up and up. You need that continuum of processing power.”