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  • Writer's pictureAsh Kakish

Computing on the Edge: We explain Edge Computing in 60 seconds

Get Smart: Edge Computing

Let's face it, we only use apps that function well. We like smooth, well-functioning apps that get and send our information quickly. We don't like buffering and we don't like delays. The reason why some applications and websites function better than others is because of how much money they're willing to spend on edge computing.


Edge computing is all about how to bring the data closer to the end-user (you).


Think about it as if a Costco opened up down the street. Now you don't have to drive an hour away to get your supersized bag of chips. 


The information sits in data servers at physical locations (the cloud). When you click on a link, that request has to go through multiple processes to get to the cloud, which then has to transmit the information back to you. As the amount of data grows and more requests are generated, this can result in a delay or latency. This is when your video takes more than 2 seconds to load. 


Edge computing is more important than ever because it figures out how to bring the data as close to the user as possible to make the experience better. By conducting operations on the edge, systems and networks can perform more reliably, swiftly, and efficiently without compromising functionality. 


Companies like Cloudflare and Fastly are hired by Big Tech to use their technology to bring the data as close to the edge (end-user) as possible. Edge computing is currently a $20 Billion industry that is expected to triple in the next 5 years. 

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