Edge Computing in 2018: Confusion Clears, Use Cases Emerge

Dec. 31, 2018
In 2018, DCF tracked the evolution of edge computing, and how it is positioned to bring disruptive change in latency, interconnection and data ingest.

If you’ve been following the data center industry, you’ve likely been watching what is happening in the edge computing industry, as well. As we look back at 2018, it’s useful to take a wide-lens view of trends in the emerging edge computing sector as they emerged throughout the year.

Data Center Frontier tracked the evolution of edge topology and the emergence of layers of infrastructure, as well as how edge computing will bring disruptive change in latency, interconnection and data ingest.

See below to track the top 2018 news in edge computing on Data Center Frontier: 

 The Evolution of Edge Computing: A Look at the Road Ahead: Data center providers are seeking to clarify their strategies for edge computing. In a complex, multi-tier edge landscape, there will likely be many flavors of success.

Clearing the Confusion: Defining the Layers of Edge Computing: Edge computing is a trend that is both buzzy and fuzzy. The good news: Stakeholders are working to clarify the infrastructure layers and use cases for edge, which has the potential to reshape America’s Internet infrastructure.

Beyond Latency: How the Edge Could Transform Interconnection: Several data center startups view edge computing as part of  a fundamental shift in Internet architecture, moving network interconnection points from the core of the Internet to its outer perimeter.

The Facebook fabric aggregator is a network device designed to handle massive data traffic flows between data centers. (Photo: Rich Miller)

Data Tonnage: Managing the Coming M2M Tsunami: The growth of machine-to-machine (M2M) data is projected to escalate rapidly in the next five years. Edge computing can play an important role in data ingest, accepting data from devices and creating a richer two-way flow of information across the network.

Investing in Edge: The Customer Perspective and Decision- Making: How are companies making decisions about edge computing? Bill Kleyman looks at four real-world use cases of companies using edge strategies to save money and improve their delivery of mission-critical products and services.

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