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Beyond the Data Centre: The Edge and the Cloud

Tuesday 25 September 2018

By Chris Adams, President and COO, Park Place Technologies

For some time, much discussion in the trade press and the IT forums has centered on the decline of the data center. Many expected the cloud to subsume all functions, and the corporate data center was given last rites. Then emerged a more nuanced view in which hybrid solutions become the “go to” choice.

When it comes to the edge, it’s all about the zettabytes. It’s a ton of information to be pushing over internet connections, and edge computing promises to deal with the fallout.

It does so by moving some of the data processing away from a centralized cloud and out toward the network’s fringes. Raw data is processed much closer to its source; i.e., whatever sensor, cell phone, or smart refrigerator originally created it.

Few people believe that all data processing will happen at the edge, however. Keeping their relative strengths and weaknesses in mind will enable better architecture.

Good edge implementation is designed to meet narrowly focused goals and involves purpose-built systems to meet specialized needs. But as much as driverless cars need to “think” and “interact with” other cars without constantly consulting centralized resources, developers still expect to collect, process, and aggregate data in the cloud.

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