Data processing is elevated with edge computing. Source: Shutterstock

Data processing is elevated with edge computing. Source: Shutterstock

Why a cloud-first business strategy needs to tap into edge computing

BUSINESES with a cloud-first strategy have a general reliance on data processing and analysis, which demands strong infrastructure, capable of hosting business applications.

Data, on the other hand, is generated in masses – accelerated by the deployment of internet of things (IoT) devices – and then sent to the cloud to be processed and analyzed.

So, between the mass of data sources and the centralized data processing in cloud infrastructure, there is a need for a smart solution to boost data processing efficiency so that only quality and relevant data reach the cloud.

The answer to that is edge computing – a technology that directs data processing to be near the edge of the network instead of on the cloud.

In other words, edge computing helps businesses analyze data more efficiently by running processing algorithms where data is generated, say for instance, inside IoT devices themselves.

Then, processed, quality data can be stored on the cloud where it can be further analyzed and actioned by managers.

Additionally, the technology helps discard irrelevant or trivial data that does not add value to insights at the source itself, instead of mounting it up on the cloud.

As a result, cloud infrastructure deals with low latency which in turn, improves its overall performance and adds operational efficiency for businesses.

According to an expert, in the near future, there is an increasing need for data to be processed in an environment that is closer to the source instead of hosting mass processes on the cloud.

Further, with 5G expected to roll out as soon as next year, more data sources and IoT devices will be enabled, signifying a multitude of data generation.

About 80 percent of the data are either discardable or of low value to businesses. So, a viable solution like edge computing will be heavily relied on to improve the management of data processing.

Businesses need to stay ahead and plan for the best deployment strategy when exploring cloud solutions possibilities as they move towards a data-loaded world.

While adopting a cloud-first mindset has been a top priority as the technology can positively and progressively accelerate businesses’ digital transformation journey, businesses still need to be smart about steering away from rising challenges.