The number of IoT devices is expected to grow to 10 billion by 2020 and 22 billion by 2025 – [source]
With many devices connected to the internet, the cloud alone can’t handle massive data.
Edge computing can solve that problem.
Instead of processing data in the cloud or data centers, edge computing processes heap of data at the edge (at which it is originated).
This means edge devices like edge router, sensor-based devices, etc. act as small data centers to process, store & communicate crucial data.
It is useful in the scenario where:
- IoT devices have poor connectivity and not efficient enough to be connected to the cloud
- Delay of milliseconds is unavoidable.
It reduces long-distance communication and business can have real-time insights from the remote location, can make better decisions, and even reduces security risks.
Amazon, Dropbox, GE, etc. are already using this modern technology to scale up their business.
Every company will need edge computing at its core technology as Gartner pointed out that, edge computing combined with AI can drive innovation and engagement.
It is one of the top technology trends forming the foundation for next-gen of digital business.
A Good Read: Edge Computing Explained With Examples