In many situations, using cloud computing and edge computing at the same time can lead to the best overall outcome from a performance perspective.
Discussions about the relationship between cloud computing and edge computing have a tendency to present the cloud and edge as opposite types of architectures and to treat them as an either/or proposition.
This isn’t the best way to think about cloud and edge. Although there are key differences between cloud and edge computing, the cloud and the edge don’t compete with each other as much as they complement each other.
Differences between cloud and edge
The differences between cloud computing and edge computing boil down largely to where workloads are hosted.
In a conventional cloud, data and applications are housed in large data centers located within a public cloud vendor’s network.