John Hicklin, a technology expert at PA Consulting, is quoted in Computer Weekly in an article on the challenges posed by remote device data for the datacentre, and how edge processing, analytics and the cloud can help businesses profit from the internet of things (IoT).
The article notes that the growth of IoT is is putting a serious strain on the ability for organisations to transfer and store data, so they need to be selective.
John comments: “As much as people talk about the data, it is actually the insight that is important. You need the right data in the right place at the right time. That informs how you understand edge technology.”
John suggests that developments in computing, miniaturisation and power consumption are opening the door to powerful analytics processing at the edge itself. Edge analytics reduces the need for central storage, and should allow for quicker decision-making.
“For sensor data, the most useful thing is to process it at the edge,” John adds. “That tells people on-site what is happening, and makes it more useful for business operations.”