Why your business may benefit from edge computing and how to know when it won’t

There’s a rumor that edge computing isn’t giving businesses the expected leverage. Edge computing is supposed to be faster than cloud computing. But that may not be true.

There’s more than one type of edge computing. Which types may help small to medium businesses? Device edge or compute edge environments have the advantage.

Device edge works well if your business requires fast processing but only a limited amount of computing power for specific jobs. The computing power comes from a network of smart devices such as smartphones, tablets, and routers in the office area. Device edge works best with uncomplicated, limited applications.

A compute edge network uses micro-data centers or MDCs. An office MDC enhances computing power and reduces latency. They’re more expensive than a device edge setup, but your office can run more critical applications faster.

If you don’t have a large data center near you, MDCs are perfect. Is your office primarily mobile? A mobile edge network may work for you, drawing computing power from mobile devices. But they won’t work for applications needing lots of computing power.

Be aware that edge computing networks of all types are harder to secure. Compute edge networks offer the most security for your sensitive applications. The last and most crucial consideration is performance.

What do you hope to achieve with your edge computing network? You may gain little if you’re expecting to overcome some network latency. Before moving to an edge computing network, review the requirements to process the data, the difficulty managing multiple devices in your office, and the expense of operating all the devices.

Author: Kris Keppeler is a writer who finds technology fascinating and loves humor. She writes on Medium.com, and for Women of Wisdom. An award-winning podcast producer who enjoys telling funny stories. Follow her on Twitter @KrisNarrates or on LinkedIn.

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