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Internet of Things (IoT)

What edge computing means for business IoT

This is a contributed piece by Nigel Burmeister, VP at Limelight Networks

Over the last year, the term ‘digital transformation’ has become a popular buzzword. With so much hype around digital change, it’s surprising that a recent global survey of IT professionals revealed only eight percent of enterprises consider themselves truly digitally transformed and 23 percent are still in the early stages.

This means 2018 will be another year of digital transformations as more businesses execute technology shifts and better understand how innovative technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), complement current operations. However, IoT use cases often drive decentralized, distributed computing that’s performed closer to the connected devices themselves. In these scenarios processing is often delivered “at the edge” of a network rather than in traditional data centers or the cloud, which take longer to compute and send critical information.

Edge computing is certainly an important component of IoT, ensuring greater efficiency in processing data – but it isn’t necessarily enough to make IoT meet business requirements.

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

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