Cloud Computing

Toshiba has its eye on the wearables and edge computing space

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at a rapid clip. Gartner estimates there will be over 11 billion connected devices this year, up from 8 billion the year before. Optimistic estimates predict there could be as many as 50 billion internet-connected devices by 2020.

But that many devices – whether sensors, robots, cameras, TVs, wearables, etc – all collecting data poses a conundrum for the companies deploying them: sending all that data to the Cloud just isn’t practical. There’s too much to send and too much to process, leading to bottlenecks and higher costs. One autonomous car creates around 4,000GB of data per day; imaging trying to send and process a whole fleet’s worth of data in the Cloud in real time.

One solution to this is the concept of edge computing; processing data locally – whether on the device itself or on a nearby hub for multiple devices – and then only sending what is completely necessary to the Cloud to be stored and acted upon as needed.

CIOs are now used to cloud computing, but here comes edge computing. Should they worry? Find out: Edge computing 101: A CIO demystification guide

A number of companies including Dell, Intel, Amazon, Microsoft, have all made announcements and investments into the IoT & edge computing spaces. But there’s plenty of opportunity in this new market. IDC says spending on IoT [devices, software, services] will reach $772.5 billion in 2018 and will surpass the $1 trillion mark in 2020.

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Dan Swinhoe

Dan is a journalist at CSO Online. Previously he was Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect.

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