4 essential edge-computing use cases

Placing processing power and storage at the edge of enterprise networks takes many forms but delivers faster response times and can reduce the need for WAN bandwidth.

IDG Tech Spotlight  >  Edge Computing [ Network World / September 2020 ]
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Edge computing means different things to different players. But one thing is constant: Location matters.

Edge computing enables autonomous mining equipment to react to unexpected conditions a mile below the surface, even when disconnected from a network. When a hotel guest places a food order from a mobile phone and wants to have it delivered poolside, edge computing makes it possible to steer servers to the guest's lounge chair.

Sensors, smart devices, and mobile users are proliferating across all industries. Enterprises are investing in edge deployments to combat growing amounts of decentralized data that need to be processed in place. When low latency is essential, edge setups take the delay out of moving data to a data center or public cloud for processing.

Another factor is the cost of backhauling data to a central location. Processing and analyzing locally can translate to less need for expensive bandwidth.

When more immersive interactions are sought, edge computing can put real-time data production closer to where people and machines exist. By 2022, more than 50% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside the data center or cloud, according to Gartner.

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