The Cloud Vs. Edge Computing

2019-03-20 by Anna Kucirkova

The constant thing about technology is the fact it is changing every day. As soon as people start getting used to a new technology another one pops up.

Cloud computing is one of the latest innovations with platforms like Google Drive, Dropbox and Amazon web services being the most common ones. This technology allows you to save your information on shared servers instead of your local computer and has been adopted by many individual users as well as corporate entities.

It seems like the cloud is ready to be replaced. The Internet has already popped up making the transfer of information faster than before. This technology allows you to connect your household goods like toasters, toilets and even cars to the internet thereby aiding in such faster transmissions.

According to experts, cloud technology is already old which means a new technology should be implemented. The edge technology is the target and it has the potential of changing everything as we know it.

Edge computing

Edge computing is defined as an architecture that has decentralized computing power that allows both mobile computing and the internet of things to be used. It allows data processing to be done by the device instead of the transmission to a data center currently being used.

With this technology, when data is generated by a device, it is processed close to that point of generation and will not be transmitted to other locations further away from processing. This created room for “real-time” analysis of the data as well as faster and efficient transmissions.

Another advantage of edge computing is that it reduces the traffic associated with data transmissions to a central point. It reduces the reliance on the internet and in turn, does away with problems that could arise because of weak signals.



It is the device being used to feed data. For example, a car in the auto industry.

Edge devices

Gadgets like sensors, cars, or watches used to produce data.

Edge gateway

It is the buffer that separates the processing center with the larger network.

Fog network

This is the network separating the edge and the cloud

Fat client

This is the software that does actual processing in edge devices whereas thin client does the transmission.

Edge equipment

This refers to all equipment that is used in the edge computing world

Mobile edge computing

These edge computing systems in 5G


By not using the cloud during processing, this technology will reduce latency as well as chances of breakdowns leading to faster speeds.

The use of the internet can be problematic due to limited connections and unreliability. Edge technology will ensure data protection and lack of operational failure.

One of the common issues with cloud computing has always been security. The fact that your information can be easily accessed by the wrong people has always been a concern. With edge computing, you can select your information on a local device which gives you the ability to control what gets in the cloud. You can, therefore, sieve the data and choose sensitive information to remain locally while transmitting insensitive ones.

While the internet of things is also an amazing technology, it comes with a higher installation cost that arises from the bandwidth, processing power and storage space it requires. With edge computing, you can process your data on a local device before choosing what to take to the cloud. This reduces the general cost immensely.

Edge computing can be used to bridge the gap between old and new devices. Various industries can, therefore, use this technology to connect their old machines with the new ones ensuring operations go ahead uninterrupted.

Top digital trends for 2019

5G mobile- since many 5G applications were developed in 2018, advancement in this area should be seen in 2019.

Chatbots- natural language processing and sentiment analytics continue to become popular. NLP is therefore not far behind.

Connected clouds- instead of using a public cloud, data centers or private cloud separately, connected clouds that will allow the use of all of them is in the near future.

Blockchain flops- blockchain currently seems too complicated for most people. The version will adopt a “plug and play” mode that will make it easier to understand and use.

Consumption-based IT services- as-a-service sector is continuously growing with many companies seeing its suitability and adaptability.


Through edge computing, smart homes, smart cities, and autonomous vehicles will be the new norm. Other technologies expected this year include augmented reality, GDPR, and CEOS.


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