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Demystifying Edge Computing — Device Edge vs. Cloud Edge

Cloud computing is going through a fundamental shift in which the traditional model of accessing highly centralized resources is replaced by a distributed, decentralized architecture. This new paradigm called edge computing, brings the core building blocks of cloud – compute, storage and networking – closer to the consumers.

By moving compute closer to the origin of the data, the latency involved in the roundtrip to the cloud gets reduced. Some of the evolving use cases such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Internet of Things (IoT) benefit from edge computing. End users of these applications enjoy immersive experiences delivered by the edge.

Though IoT is the key driver of edge computing, many use cases are accelerating the pace of adoption. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning models rely on cloud for the heavy lifting. Typically, an ML model is trained in the public cloud and deployed in the edge for near real-time predictions. Edge computing becomes an essential component of the data-driven applications.

Edge computing is in its early days. As with many of the emerging technologies, it is a bit confusing to the customers. Vendors from multiple segments are positioning edge computing in different forms. The current market landscape consists of players from the public cloud, networking companies, pure-play ISVs and industrial automation companies. Each of these segments tackles edge computing differently, which is adding up to the confusion. I am attempting to demystify and classify edge computing based on the use cases and scenarios.

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Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.