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Edge Computing Vs. Cloud Computing

The “Cloud” was supposed to save us all from the burden of servers and support. The “Cloud” was supposed to be faster, cheaper, safer.

This was a pipe dream.

Edge computing is the answer that bridges that gap between the promise of the cloud and the reality of the internet today.

We live in era of tech wonders. Got Wi-Fi in your coffee pot? Your thermostat? Got Alexa? Welcome to the Internet of Things. Everything is connected, you can do anything, from anywhere, and the number of devices and applications of this technology are growing daily.
It’s convenient to be able to adjust the temperature in your house from halfway across the world, but the internet is a limited resource. Sure, more bandwidth is being added all the time, but more devices are being added to fill it faster that it can be created.

All those things are constantly sending data back and forth across the internet, and perhaps across the world, consuming bandwidth at an ever increasing pace. This traffic is becoming harder and harder to manage.

Welcome to Edge computing.

Edge computing assumes that most of the data clogging up the internet today could be processed locally, and does not need to be halfway across the world for analysis. Local servers process the data and send only the most important data to the cloud.

Consider an oil rig with thousands of sensors, each producing data that must be processed. Instead of sending terabytes of measurements to be processed in a server farm somewhere, local servers process the data and send reports of only the most critical information, the information most needed for analysis.

At Peak Solutions, our experts know how to take your critical data and deliver it to who needs it, how they need it, and when they need it. Contact us today and find out how we can make your systems work better from the edge.


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Chris Chamberlin

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