What Are The Benefits Of Edge Computing vs. Cloud Computing?

Edge Computing vs. Cloud Computing

How about the other cloud? The cloud you rely on for business and virtually every device you own? Can it get full, too? Well, the Internet of Things is certainly having a go at it.

Cisco’s Global Cloud Index Report predicts cloud traffic will quadruple by 2020, which begs the question: Will the cloud be able to handle the data deluge? And if so, what is your alternative plan?

Many IoT developers and manufacturers are preparing for the storm by storing or processing-critical data locally...or on “the edge.”

How about the other cloud? The cloud you rely on for business and virtually every device you own? Can it get full, too? Well, recent trends with the Internet of Things is certainly having a go at it.

Cisco’s Global Cloud Index Report predicts cloud traffic will quadruple by 2020, which begs the question: Will the cloud be able to handle the data deluge? And if so, what is your alternative plan?

So, what is edge computing? (Not a 3rd grade question, though in a few years, who knows?) Basically, it’s a group of local micro data centers that take some of the burden off the cloud, a sort of “regional office” that handles local computing tasks instead of sending it to a central data center a thousand miles away. It’s not something that will replace cloud services...it’s more of a complement to it...and one worth taking advantage of for a variety of reasons.

Benefits Of Edge Computing Over Cloud Computing

Edge computing is a group of local micro data centers that take some of the burden off the cloud, a sort of “regional office” that handles local computing tasks instead of sending it to a central data center a thousand miles away. It’s not something that will replace cloud services, but rather a complement to it.

The main benefits of edge computing over cloud computing are:

  • Better data management
  • Lower connectivity costs and better security practices
  • Reliable, uninterrupted connection

Lower connectivity costs and better security practices

Edge computing allows you to filter sensitive data at the source rather than send it to the central data center. Less transfer of sensitive information between devices and the cloud means better security for you and your customers. And by reducing data transport and storage requirements through tradition methods, most IoT projects can be achieved at far less cost.

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