Why will edge computing not replace cloud computing?
Predictions about any new technology are often projected as an extreme technological change that can change an existing system. Earlier when cloud computing made its way into the market it was predicted that on-premise systems would become obsolete. However, with migrations from legacy system to cloud, it was found that certain amount of on-premise system would be required and complete migration is not possible.
Similarly, CoreIT finds that edge computing is such a similar hype and cloud providers are using it as a marketing gimmick to extol its benefits as ‘a better technology’ than cloud. Edge computing pushes the performance of cloud to the ‘edge’ (thus the name) for improved efficiency.
Marketing hype and truth behind edge computing
The reality about cloud computing and edge computing is murky because the facts are beautifully laced into commercial statements and advertisements to make the sale of a new technology. We understand that this is the way of capturing a new market and selling new technology; if you don’t do it someone else will, that is the story.
However, any extreme position or declaration on technology hardly comes true. The reality is in between where the technology is now and the predictions used for selling the technology. Taking this fact with a grain of salt is always helpful for a much more realistic picture.
The future of Cloud and Edge computing
An enterprise must understand that the media and analysts use disruptive redefinitions based on new technology or approaches such as edge computing. However, cloud computing is a platform that centralizes of processing and storage for efficiency and scalability for computing while edge computing pushes some of that processing and storage out near to the edge. In future, CoreIT believes that it will be one of the approaches to support specific use cases to deploy in the cloud, with the internet of things being the most applicable. It is a micropattern that can do new tactical things with public and private clouds. That’s all.