Friday, September 11, 2020

As edge computing evolves, the cloud's role changes

The notion of edge computing typically conjures an image of a device in a factory someplace, providing rudimentary computing and data collection to support a piece of manufacturing equipment. Perhaps it keeps the factory temperature and humidity optimized for the manufacturing process.

Those who deal with edge computing these days understand that what was considered “edge” just a few years ago has morphed into something a bit more involved. Here are the emerging edge computing architecture patterns that I’m seeing:

The new edge hierarchy. No longer are edge devices connected directly to some centralized system, such as one residing in the cloud. They connect to other edge devices that may connect to larger edge devices that ultimately connect to a centralized system or cloud.

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