As previously mentioned on this Blog in other articles related to Industry 4.0, the appearance of more complex products, with advanced intelligence and high connectivity has led to the reinvention of the world’s industry. This change gives extra space for the most diverse types of configurations and technologies. Edge Computing, the subject of today`s article, is an example of a system that aims to reduce information delay, store data and reproduce it on users` own devices.
What is Edge Computing?
Edge Computing (EC) can be considered the evolution of the current data storage system, Cloud Computing (CC), where information is placed in a cloud. The EC is formed by different data centers that transfer the processing of information closer to the user.
That means that, instead of storing all customer data in a cloud that can be many kilometers away, they are hosted on the devices themselves, causing the information delay to be reduced.
In this way, Edge Computing serves as a “mini-cloud” that holds data, allowing it to be processed more quickly, sending less information to the main data center.
The EC also helps on the transformation of technology by encouraging the development of new products that are related, in some way, with properties of Artificial Intelligence and the IoT universe, promoting greater speed and interactivity for users. The data latency, that is, the delay in the response, also decreases in this system model.
What is the relationship with Cloud Computing?
By gathering information on devices that are in direct contact with the user, Edge Computing becomes a complement to Cloud Computing, a system that collects information in a data center distant from the user.
Source: Altus Blog, May 2021.