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Futurist: What Will Edge Computing Bring?

I am a long-time Futurist, and technologist. In my career, I have spanned the birth of personal computers, to the rise of Cloud Computing.

Sometimes we have to look to the very edge

Sometimes we have to look to the very edge

A friend asked what will edge computing bring?

A longtime friend sent me a question the other day; I get a lot of questions from many friends. Not that I have a lot of friends; I get a lot of quests. I only have a few friends. Like most people over the years, there are those friends who remain dear. And those tend to send me questions. In particular, the question I got was about edge computing. Yes, I have many friends in the technology field, and yes, we do have conversations about what we believe to be game-changers. My friend asked four questions. But they were variations focused on a single theme, one question for me to answer. What do you think the impact of edge computing will be?

The first thing that edge computing will deliver is an acceleration of the move to mobile devices. Edge computing will allow the mobile device and additional processing power to be brought closer together to some degree; it also means that many applications will need rewriting. Many applications will evolve to take full advantage of the concept of edge computing, actually why I designed the enterprise resource triangle. So organizations can begin thinking about the fourth destination. The first three destinations being the on-premise data center, a co-location facility being the second, and the third being a cloud. Because edge computing will change applications, it becomes the fourth. The edge location will be the 4th destination for devices. But eventually, it will be the first!

The second thing that edge computing is going to do is change the way applications operate today. One of the things that applications do today often has what is called roundtrips to data sources. The value proposition of edge computing is you won't have to have that roundtrip data location. You can effectively create an application that utilizes the Edge compute resources to host manage and deliver the application's data processes and, of course, the user experience. So you can see with the first two, I focused on applications, but there's more that edge computing is going to do.

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A third consideration is the security of data. Honestly, edge computing and security present a small mew risk. Security is important in building edge applications. Edge applications built secure will be critical going forward. How we manage that becomes critical. We are talking potentially 100s of edge locations. You see, you can/t have extremely complex security applied if you use a mobile device to access the resource. Or can you? We can rewrite Edge Computing solutions into our new security framework. We can incorporate two-factor authentication from the get-go. We can add security because users will gain functionality. We can build on the organization's security framework to assure data, user, and PII security in our new Edge Solution!

Beyond the edge

Beyond the edge

We will get solutions moving at the speed of Edge!

I have covered three important component pieces of the new Edge world. Edge can create new solutions for old problems. For example, what edge computing can do is allow for data sovereignty. Now data sovereignty normally is applied at a nation-state level. I.e., data generated about a citizen of a specific country cannot leave that country. Data Sovenity means that you have to create multiple data sets for your organization. It becomes harder to manage because you end up with multiple storage locations. I don't care how good your security is. The more data locations you have, the more risk you have from a cybersecurity perspective. What Edge allows you to create one solution but create a divergent data sovereignty policy. Data that is national specific or PII never leaves the country. The Edge solution stays in-country, and that data stays in-country. What that means is edge computing by country. Now you only have one master data set, and then country-specific information remains in-country. Not away, to point out that's the third-way applications will have to be rewritten with the birth of edge computing.

The last but probably most important change is the reality of latency. Latency is the lag between a request and a server response. With edge computing, that latency is way closer to zero than that has been in the past. Of course, Abby does also require some level of rewriting and applications. But not as much to take full advantage of an edge. So once you've rewritten your applications to the Edge, you are ready.

Edge Computing will be a huge game-changer for enterprises, government, and IT shops around the world. Edge will go to create a new category of applications, edge-aware. These new applications will allow for a more interactive user experience. The answer to my friend's questions is quite honestly Edge will change two things.

  1. Increase the move to mobile devices away from traditional laptop and desktop devices
  2. Decrease the overall latency in enterprise solutions; faster applications help users get data to make decisions faster.

Edge brings the concept of distributed computing to the palm of your hand. From automatons cars to simply connecting to an edge server to download data quickly, the future will move at the speed of Edge!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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