Over the years, the shift to cloud services has resulted in the concentration of computing resources in a few large data centers. Edge computing is a counter-trend of decentralizing and distributing cloud services to many locations close to end users or data sources allowing applications to deliver a better quality experience, thus enabling new use cases and gaining operational efficiencies. While the market is still nascent, analysts and industry watchers expect it to be significant. Introducing a wide range of edge computing – solutions that provide connectivity, integration, infrastructure and all these powerful building blocks, Ben Banek, Senior Director at Telco, Media & Entertainment Division, Red Hat APAC in an exclusive conversation with Business Today talks about how companies can benefit from edge computing and costs Associated.
Q: Why should companies think about edge computing?
BPEdge computing provides faster and more stable services at a lower cost. For users, edge computing means a faster and more consistent experience. For organizations and service providers, Edge means low-latency, highly available applications with actionable insights and decision-making in real time. It can help businesses reduce network costs, avoid bandwidth limitations, reduce transmission delays, reduce service failures, and provide better control over sensitive traffic. Advanced applications such as artificial intelligence, proactive monitoring, predictive insights, augmented reality, virtual reality applications, etc., take advantage of edge computing.
With the heterogeneous nature of edge computing, consistency is key. Edge deployment could theoretically be hundreds of thousands of tiny sensors connected to the data aggregation layer that help provide real-time feedback. It is essentially impossible to manage each of these deployments if they do not share a more secure level of control across automation, management, and coordination.
This consistency can only be delivered through the hybrid cloud – from high-end devices to the network to the central data center. Only a hybrid cloud deployment can provide the sanity of what could be sheer complexity across the technology ecosystem. It gives all these diverse components a reliable common ground, whether it’s Linux, Kubernetes or Ansible, enabling IT teams to manage ten thousand networked devices just as they would with their central IT.
[While] Sophisticated computing can simplify the distributed IT environment, and sophisticated infrastructure is not always easy to implement and manage.
Q: Are companies in India open to the idea of edge computing?
BP: In India, with a smartphone in almost every destination and with this kind of data, edge computing is emerging in many ways. We’re seeing its increased use in telecommunications, healthcare, mobility, manufacturing, and utilities, among others. As people become more aware of health, we are seeing an increase in the use of wearable devices, where rapid and timely data analysis is critical. With telemedicine and the use of robots in hospitals, edge computing helps analyze data without the need to transfer data to a data center.
Other uses that come to the fore are in telecommunications. As our lives revolve around our mobile devices ranging from shopping, banking, commerce and video calls to health data collection and connected homes, communication is another aspect, as edge computing will continue to redefine mobile services. The industry has not yet identified a killer application in 5G, the idea is to have a cutting edge platform with all the intelligence that can enable all the much needed innovation. 5G enabling smart factories, smart cities, immersive experiences and connected things to name a few will be the next future as the country transitions to the new spectrum.
Q: How big is the edge computing market and what has been the growth over the past few years, globally as well as in India?
BPThe global edge computing market size is expected to reach $61.14 billion by 2028, representing a compound annual growth rate of 38.4 percent over the forecast period, according to a new report from Gran View Research. Inc. Also, according to Red Hat’s “State of Open Source Enterprises,” 72 percent of IT leaders surveyed expect open source to drive the adoption of edge computing over the next two years.
Q: Since connected devices can be easily hacked, what security concerns and solutions play a role in the deployment of edge computing?
BPThere are two types of security to consider. The first is the security of actual Edge devices; The second is the security of the data that these devices collect and send to other points in the network.