Cloud computing vs. edge computing – is it a competition or a collaboration? Personally, I think they are complementary systems, each with strengths and weaknesses to take into consideration. If you’re backing up data and retrieving it at human speeds, then the cloud can deliver – but if microseconds of latency are critical, then you need computing power on the edge, as close as possible to the task at hand.
Read on for this week’s “Edgy” network news, and let me know what you think in the comments!
Which 50 | Thomas Bittman, an analyst at Gartner, shares the reasoning behind the title prediction. While cloud computing offers agility and economy, it isn’t enough to support the growth of IoT, machine learning, and AR/VR. Centralized cloud processing introduces latency at a degree which might be unnoticeable when browsing the Internet, but becomes untenable when your smart car is trying to communicate with the infrastructure and other cars surrounding it. Edge computing will have to pick up the slack – and if the author is correct, take over the wheel.
Information Age | Nick Ismail tackles the IoT part of the equation, coining a new phrase in the process. With examples like AirBnB and UPS, he draws a picture of new and old business alike embracing the “digital transformation of things” and thriving. In the process, however, he highlights how important the development of robust edge computing solutions is going to be.
Government Technology | Kurt Christian discusses the fiber-based future of Bloomington, Indiana, where plans for city-wide fiber-to-the-home infrastructure are underway. Writing for the Herald-Times and an audience of Bloomington residents, he takes the time to explain what fiber optic cables are and how they work in layman’s terms. Along the way, he also makes a few points worth keeping in mind for data center and network professionals too, such as the fact that the same fiber installed today has the potential to serve several generations of network devices at ever-increasing speeds.
Five years from now, will self-driving cars and augmented reality be available in every home and office? Or will our infrastructures still be in the process of catching up, not yet able to support the full potential of user-side technologies? Only time will tell, but the next few years are definitely going to be interesting!