What is edge computing?
Gartner defines edge computing as “a part of a distributed computing topology in which information processing is located close to the edge – where things and people produce or consume that information.”
The exponential growth of IoT devices has excelled the development and innovation of edge computing. Network technologies, such as 5G are also innovating the edge industry by creating and supporting the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), autonomous vehicles, real-time applications and many more. But what actually is edge computing and how does it work?
Edge computing helps combine computing and data storage in a device where it is gathered instead of relying on a centralised system located thousands of miles away. It has been designed this way to reduce the latency of real-time data in order to help improve the performance of applications. It can also save companies money as they can process the data locally as opposed to it being processed in a centralised or cloud-based location.
Gateways can be set up which process data from single devices and either send data directly back to the device for any real-time applications or it can send relevant data back through the cloud in order to reduce bandwidth needs. Edge devices can range between smartphones, IoT sensors and security systems for example. Edge gateways are also considered as an edge device within an edge-computing infrastructure.
Why is edge computing important?
Not only can it save companies money but it can also save them time. One of the main benefits of edge computing is its ability to process and store data quicker, producing efficient real-time applications. It is also innovating many different industries such as smart cities, automation, virtual reality and augmented reality as many of them require fast processing speeds and responses.
Kuba Stolarski, research director at IDC stated that “With enhanced interconnectivity enabling improved edge access to more core applications, and with new IoT and industry-specific business use cases, edge infrastructure is poised to be one of the main growth engines in the server and storage market for the next decade and beyond.”
Companies such as Nvidia have started to see the importance of edge computing and have started to integrate edge technologies and AI into system modules. This will allow for better quality and quicker real-time application responses.
People Moves: Uri Frank, Gisle M. Eckhoff and Jason Lish
From: Corporate VP, Design Engineering Group, Intel
To: VP of Engineering, Google
Twenty-year Intel veteran Uri Frank has made the jump to Google. The move, and Frank’s new position as the tech giant’s VP of Engineering, signals a new direction for Google, as the company sets its sights on the cloud computing chip market.
By poaching Frank, and doubling down on making its own SoCs, Google is among a number of tech giants fighting to reduce their dependence on Intel. The approach is one that AWS has used for a few years, developing its own Arm-based server chips to run its hyperscale data centres.
“Google has designed and built some of the world’s largest and most power efficient computing systems,” Frank said upon announcing his new position. “For a long time, custom chips have been an important part of this strategy. I look forward to growing a team… while accelerating Google Cloud's innovations in compute infrastructure”
From: CSO, Advisor Group
To: CSO, Lumen Technologies
Cybersecurity veteran Jason Lish has joined Lumen Technologies as the company’s new CSO, bringing a wealth of experience to the role. Lish has led cybersecurity teams protecting everything from US Air Force bases to top-tier advisory firms.
"Protecting Lumen information and physical assets from security threats is critical to protecting and serving our customers and their networks," said Andrew Dugan, Lumen’s CTO. "This is why we are thrilled to have Jason filling this very important role.
Gisle M. Eckhoff
From: CEO, DigiPlex
To: Executive Vice President, Bulk Data Centres
Following his instrumental role as CEO of DigiPlex, where he took the company from a local, sustainable data centre firm to a globally-recognised player in the colocation and hyperscale markets, Eckhoff will turn his attention to leveraging Bulk’s “significant investments in network fiber and a long track record of land banking” in order to make it a key player in the Nordics. He will assume his new role in September, as well as retaining a seat on DigiPlex’s board of directors.