Recently, IDC said that by next year 40% of the data we access will be stored, processed, analyzed, and acted upon, close to, or at the edge of a network. As I see it, this is due in part to the greater acceptance of the Internet of Things along with the availability of more computer processing power that is now available at lower cost, which in turn is enabling us to expand our reach to a range of devices that gather, analyze and react to data in a variety of applications. This combination has allowed us to move from just “connected devices” to connected devices that redistribute and process data and analytics independently at the Edge.
The Edge is contributing to a significant shift in the way we are acquiring information, interacting with it, and making decisions. It is enabling us to expand our reach to a new range of equipment and devices to deliver relevant outcomes.