For many companies, “edge computing” is front and center these days. Some are wondering if they need it, others are wondering if they already have it. Still, others are looking to land a share of the edge computing market. As noted in a recent post from Dell EMC, there are a lot of ways to fit edge computing into operations. What most aren't considering, however, is the impact that edge computing is having on infrastructure and how this technology is poised to make some major new winners in the field.
What Impact Is Edge Computing Having on Computing Infrastructure?
Since infrastructure is itself a broad-ranged concept, it shouldn't surprise anyone that edge computing is having a broad-ranged impact therein.
Rewarding deliberation. The rise of edge computing brings with it a premium on architecture and innovations from within. In fact, some assert that those who can take edge computing and put it to work as part of an end-to-end solution that runs from the edge to the cloud—or the data center, whichever—will ultimately come out ahead.
Expanded data requirement. Edge computing requires data gathering. Every project starts with collecting data from a range of sources, including mobile device users, Internet of Things devices (including sensors), and more. This will put a particular premium on data management systems to not only gather the information but analyze it sufficiently to make it useful in an edge computing project.
Growth in distributed security. All that data must be protected. Sometimes by federal mandate, other times by a desire to protect customers and internal trade secrets from outside access. Distributed security architectures will come increasingly in vogue here, thanks to a better ability to detect and manage potential intrusions.
New hardware altogether. The distributed nature of edge computing will increasingly lead to computing infrastructure that's not deployed in the clean-room-esque conditions of a typical server room. With parking lots and factories slated to be hosts to servers – or even entire light data centers – a whole new breed of ruggedized hardware will be needed to survive the conditions.
Where to Go When You Want Help Improving Your Edge Computing and Infrastructure
There are many more potential implications for infrastructure thanks to the growth of edge computing, but what do you do when you're not sure what implications will mean the most for your business? Start by getting in touch with us at EmconIT. We routinely work with firms like NetApp, HP3 Par, and Dell EMC, and are still small enough to make the personal difference that's vital when it comes to incorporating new technology into a business. So just reach out to us and find out the best ways to put edge computing to work.