Posted on March 12, 2020 by Author
As more and more companies begin to implement cutting-edge computing, the challenges will be overcome and technology will transform the way humans live as a society.
By 2022, the edge computing market will likely have $13 billion worldwide, Gartner estimates. Almost 75% of data is also expected to be processed outside the cloud by 2025. Currently, however, the adoption of cutting-edge computing is limited, as it is still in the early stages and companies are evaluating the pros and cons of implementing this new technology.
Edge computing promises immense potential and is being considered as the next big thing in the IT world, something like the Internet! However, the widespread adoption of the technology depends on overcoming the challenges it faces today.
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We take a look at some of the challenges—in random order—that edge computing is currently grappling with:
- Use cases: Businesses must correctly identify the tasks they want to perform on the edge and in the cloud. This is ultimately important as it will justify their return on investment.
- Cost: Edge computing devices that possess processing functions are expensive. In order to operate older versions that do not have such processing capabilities, additional equipment is required, resulting in additional costs. Configuration, deployment and maintenance of an edge computing framework is an equally expensive proposition.
- Data: Edge computing uses a subset of data for processing purposes, which means that there is a lot of raw data that is 'wasted'. This 'waste' may contain some important data that was ignored and could provide additional insights. Therefore, businesses are challenged to separate data in such a way that it is not only intentionally classified, but also improves efficiency and eliminates the loss of critical data.
- Power: For multi-tenant needs, businesses will need high-power processors to be able to provide their commercial customers with remote services such as the cloud. For this, businesses will need high-voltage, three-phase power, which can be a difficult proposition, especially in remote areas.
- Security: Security edge is the subject around edge computing. Although yay-sayers believe that edge computing will localize security concerns, Nay-Sayers argues that increasing the number of data processing locations will proportionally increase the attack surface. In addition, standalone data processing equipment and devices are at risk of becoming attack vectors.
In addition to cyber security, businesses will also need to physically protect their edge computing infrastructure unofficially. However, in an attempt to make infrastructure secure, this edge cannot remain computing.
- Strategy: It may be recalled that edge computing requires multi-level changes in technology architecture and processes. It requires efficient management of both hardware and software during expansion and development through efficient resources. Therefore, businesses deploying this technology must not only identify the right use cases, but also form an overall strategy, covering all critical areas including equipment, costs, security, scale, monitoring, and governance. Businesses must evaluate and select the solutions available on the market according to their individual business needs.
Despite all the challenges, experts believe that edge computing will change the way humans live as a society. As more and more businesses adopt technology, the challenges will be overcome, although it may take some time to reach that goal.