14 Jan 2021
2021 is ushering in a new perspective on IT security. Experts advise the future is in edge computing, but it’s not as simple as “out with the old, in with the new.” With origins in the late 1990s, edge computing is an open IT architecture that operates on decentralized processing power. It cuts out the middleman—in this case, a cloud data center—and allows devices or local servers to process data, enabling mobile computing and the Internet of Things. If you’ve been following our blog, you know that cloud computing is a viable strategy for large volumes of data processing, and one that will follow countless organizations into 2021. But a detour through the cloud can also lead to noticeable lag, and by comparison, edge computing gives individual devices the ability to rapidly parse, analyze, and act on the data it receives. As the edge computing market jumps internationally, with an anticipated increase to $250.6 billion by 2024, experts suggest that integrating edge capabilities with existing cloud servers is the inevitable next step. So how exactly will this play out? What can we expect from this trend in 2021, and what lessons can we learn from edge computing methodology?