People often hear the phrase“edge computing” and assume that it is the adversary of the cloud. Well I’m here to tell you - that’s not true. The goal of this blog is to clear up some of the common misconceptions and myths surrounding“edge computing.”
I recently completed a four yearComputer Science degree via distance learning through a university in my home country of New Zealand. While extremely challenging at times, the work was compelling and it was an enjoyable endeavor overall. One of the courses I completed was called Internet of Things and Cloud Computing, which I will condense into a few points of interest below.
Many of our blogs have focused on unleashing the power of the edge by shifting decision making from the cloud to the field. They have focused on what is possible, what is coming in the future, and how this can help businesses make faster and smarter decisions.
For whatever reason the tech world seems to like using weather metaphors to describe various levels of computing: cloud, fog, and mist being the most common. Visibility seems to be the best way to describe these, and yet somehow, it’s still not very clear what the differences are. Then, of course, we have the Internet of Things(IoT), which is just that: things. Generic on purpose. Anything and everything can be a thing! What happens when we network those things together? We get IoT. In this blog, I’m going to attempt to provide some clarity on how the mist, fog, and cloud are intertwined with IoT and how an edge database can be used throughout.