Why ‘Edge Computing vs. Cloud Computing’ Misses the Point

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Edge computing is in vogue. In fact, it’s so much in vogue that it can be easy to believe that edge is making “older” computing paradigms, like the cloud, obsolete. There are plenty of comparisons out there that depict edge as “an alternative approach to the cloud” or suggest that edge computing will replace cloud computing. In reality, the idea that edge computing and cloud computing are diametrically opposed misses the point of edge computing. You shouldn’t think of edge as an alternative to or replacement for traditional cloud. It’s not “edge computing vs. cloud computing.” Think of edge instead as an extension of cloud architectures that solves many of the core limitations of conventional cloud computing. What Is Edge Computing? As you likely know by now, thanks to all of the hype surrounding edge, edge computing is a type...

Edge Computing Hits An Inflection Point

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In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic produced few net-new technology and business developments, but it certainly accelerated many technology trends already in motion. Edge computing is one of the most notable among these accelerated technologies. Every type of technology vendor — hardware, software, and cloud — has jumped on the edge bandwagon, crowding the market and confusing buyers. The coming year will prove to be the real inflection for edge computing. Practical applications are finally emerging where this architecture can bring real benefits. Forrester predicts the following key developments in edge computing that will illustrate this inflection point in 2021: Data center marketplaces will emerge as a new edge hosting option. When people talk about the location of “the edge,” their descriptions vary widely. Regardless of your own...