Combination of Edge and Cloud supports SMEs
The combination of edge computing and cloud computing is also an attractive option for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). More and more applications such as classic office packages, collaboration solutions as well as ERP and CRM systems are now available in the cloud. Investments in complex IT infrastructures are therefore no longer worthwhile for many SMEs. The cloud is economically more attractive. Nevertheless, there are still a number of applications whose data must be processed locally for security reasons. With edge computing, the necessary local infrastructures can be easily set up. Communication via cloud enables seamless processing of all relevant information in any business application. The combination of Edge and Cloud offers SMEs completely new methods for opening up new markets and strengthening competitive positions.
Mobile applications drive Edge growth
However, the most rapid increase in edge applications is likely to be in the area of mobile applications. A crucial point here is the growing number of IoT devices. Services such as SigFox, NarrowBand IoT, WiFi6 and 5G will significantly increase the data volume. The real-time requirements for data processing will also increase.
Here, a division of services, the so-called slicing, can bring relief. This procedure allows different treatment of applications, for example locally for real-time processing, and it allows traffic consolidation. Less critical data then migrates to a centrally stored cloud application for processing.
The cost issue is also a key factor in this environment. The construction and expansion of networks requires considerable investment. This can easily prove to be an obstacle to further developments and the nationwide distribution of modern services. For example, 5G expansion requires significantly more sites, as much smaller radio cells are used. This in turn makes it necessary to provide suitable network connections for the base stations. The network topology will thus be broader overall and additionally meshed in width. Edge systems can be established at the nodes of this wide meshed network to ensure the seamless operation of applications.