The Difference Between The Edge and Edge Computing

You might be wondering why I picked this topic? Well, I’m often inspired with topics based on my interactions and conversations with a lot of people across a lot of industries and tech domains. One of the things I get a very good feel for is how different communities use techo terms. 

You have probably heard a lot of folks talk about the edge as if it is some kind of technology. You see it all the time in articles. I’ve been in meetings where that lack of clarity of what is meant by edge leaves a group wondering if it even exists or even matters.

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Navigating Cloud-Managed Solutions

You might have noticed that as many traditional hardware and infrastructure vendors have or are in the process of transitioning toward a more services-oriented business, they often use the term “cloud managed” to describe their offering. It is a term that we hear more often especially since the advent of hybrid cloud computing and software-defined infrastructure.

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Why Edge Infrastructure is Important

It is now commonplace to hear folks say that edge computing does not exist or the edge doesn’t matter. It is meaningless and we shouldn’t talk about it. To be fair, for most audiences, edge computing and the idea of the “edge” does not matter. It is complicated, confusing stuff that most folks just won’t grasp, much like cloud. Much like AI. Most folks don’t care as long as the application works.

But much like cloud, AI, and other hyped and perennially misunderstood and confused techno trends, edge computing matters. It’s not that we shouldn’t talk about any of these things. We should talk about them in a more consistent and informed manner.

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C-Suite Insight: Privacy at the Edge

The increasingly instrumented and sensor-laden edge is making it difficult for people to find alone time and evade prying digital eyes. The challenge only promises to get bigger as consumer and industrial IoT continue to shed unwelcome light on our personal lives and our personal data. The issue of privacy is becoming a prominent topics of ethics and legality. What can you do as a member of the C-suite to steer your business with a privacy first compass?

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P2P Edge Computing: The Other Edge Architecture

When we thinking edge computing we typically think of an endpoint device such as a smartphone or an IoT gateway that connects to an edge or cloud infrastructure. We generally assume some form of data or computational offload or distribution between a cloud or edge server to an endpoint client. What about endpoint devices communicating with each other and sharing resources at the edge? It’s another paradigm of edge computing that doesn’t get talked about as much but is becoming an increasingly interesting and important architecture.

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C-Suite Insight: What Is the Industrial Edge?

What is the Industrial Edge? This is a topic that is heavily debated in techno circles outside of the industrial domain. Schneider Electric describes the industrial edge as, “the places where digitized industrial assets and human operators are located. Siemens describes it as, “an open, ready-to-use Edge computing platform consisting of Edge devices, Edge apps, Edge connectivity, and an application and device management infrastructure.”

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What is the Value of 5G at the Edge?

Lately, a lot of folks have been questioning the value of 5G at the edge. Can’t we just use Wi-Fi? We can just set up a Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) network for our Internet of Things (IoT) devices and technology. Is 5G even ready to make a difference? I don’t see the difference on my smartphone. These are all very good questions and concerns. So, why does and will 5G matter at the edge?

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Unleash New Capabilities with Innovation at the Intelligent Edge

Innovation is such a generic and overused term. It seems that every organization claims that they are, or aspire to be, innovative. But what does it mean to innovate with all the artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities coming to the edge? What kind of approach should you have to take this expansive and complex thing that is edge computing plus AI to discover opportunities for creating value that was not there before for your business or your customers?

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How Data and AI are Fueling the Intelligent Edge

One of the more exciting things happening across a variety of edges is artificial intelligence. It is becoming more prevalent especially on our consumer devices, but also across a fast-expanding range of IoT devices that are enabling intelligent digital twinning of factory equipment or monitoring of crops in a field.

As AI-capable devices and emerging edge infrastructures foster new concepts in distributed AI architectures, business leaders and the C-suite can expect pockets of opportunity to arise across an increasingly cognitive and intelligent edge.

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