The emergence of hybrid edge cloud computing
The growth of connected devices is seeing a fundamental change in how people and enterprises engage with each other in the digital world. But for this to be truly effective, these devices cannot solely rely on existing cloud infrastructure that was built to support millions of siloed apps. Instead, a decentralized approach that fully leverages these devices capabilities is essential.
Today, all the most popular consumer and enterprise applications are hosted in data centers. From Google and Facebook to YouTube and Instagram, this cloud-centric methodology has become essential for enabling our connected lifestyles. Underpinning this is a hierarchical client-server architecture that sees most servers located in data centers scattered around the globe. For years, this has been the optimum way of hosting applications that provide access to content and information to client devices (e.g.: smartphones or tablets.) However, new trends point to this quickly becoming a less efficient way of managing data.
Firstly, there has been an explosion of computing devices and embedded computing in all things. This has grown the ‘edge’, often referred to as the Internet of Things, where devices are connected to centralized servers in data centers through gateways and hubs. However, with edge devices having more computational power than servers of just a decade ago, the edge is becoming progressively more powerful.