As I’ve discussed in the past, edge computing essentially takes hardware and/or software elements that have traditionally lived in the cloud or private corporate data centers, and brings them out to the “edge” of the network.
In other words, it brings computing hardware and applications within physical proximity of where the action is—whether that action is monitoring the production line in a factory, tracking real-time traffic conditions in an autonomous vehicle, or speeding up the performance of an application that’s highly sensitive to variations in network bandwidth.
The results of the survey were combined into a report—a summary version of which is available as a free download here—that highlights a number of key attributes about the fascinating world of edge computing.
Even though the concept has been around for a while, there still isn’t solid agreement (nor understanding) on what exactly it is.
The top two prevailing schools of thought lean towards either traditional endpoint devices, such as PCs, smartphones, etc., or towards access devices, such as gateways, routers, or even small servers.
While that’s certainly justified, one of the more surprising results from the study is that more work on the edge has migrated there from the cloud—either fully or partially.