Edge computing is one of the core components of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). It plays a critical role in accelerating the journey towards Industry 4.0.
Large enterprises from manufacturing, transportation, oil and gas, and smart buildings are relying on edge computing platforms to implement the next generation of automation.
Edge computing in the context of IIoT brings compute closer to the origin of data. Without the edge computing layer, the data acquired from assets and sensors connected to the machines and devices will be sent to a remote data center or the public/private cloud. This may result in increased latency, poor data locality, and increased bandwidth costs.
Edge computing is an intermediary between the devices and the cloud or data center. It applies business logic to the data ingested by devices while providing analytics in real-time. It acts as a conduit between the origin of the data and the cloud, which dramatically reduces the latency that may occur due to the roundtrip to the cloud. Since the edge can process and filter the data that needs to be sent to the cloud, it also reduces the bandwidth cost. Finally, edge computing will help organizations with data locality and sovereignty through local processing and storage.
Customers considering to deploy an edge computing platform must evaluate if the platform supports the essential capabilities to deliver the benefits promised by the edge.
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