In the era we live in today, it is customary to see the emergence of different technologies that increasingly aid our work and routine. Two examples of these technologies are cloud computing and edge computing.

This post will explain what these technologies are, how you can use them, and ways they can improve your business’s performance to help you conquer new markets in Latin America.

Cloud computing vs. edge computing

It is crucial to know their differences to understand which of these technologies is the most suitable for your company. Let’s start by learning the characteristics of cloud computing.

Cloud computing

Through a set of technologies, cloud computing allows us to work and use information stored on a remote server.

Thanks to the Internet, it is possible to have remote access to documents, software, and data processing on a server without installing them on the local machine.

To use a cloud computing service, we must first connect to the server through a username and password, quite similar to an outlook or Gmail, where your email information is in the cloud and, to access it, you just have to put your username and password.

One of the most important and striking features of cloud computing is its flexibility. Thanks to this feature it is possible to classify the cloud into three types, public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud.

Learn more about the types of cloud computing in this article.

Benefits of cloud computing

  • Cost savings without your own infrastructure
  • Pay-as-you-go flexibility
  • Greater scalability
  • Ease of remote access

Now that you know a little about cloud computing, let’s get to know what edge computing is all about.

Edge Computing

Edge computing is recognized by many as the technology of the future since it consists of developing computing systems that can provide instantaneous and real-time response.

Edge computing is a distributed architecture that reduces latency by being geographically close to the end-user. This is where its name comes from since it takes place at the “edge” of the network, which, at the same time, is the place where end-user devices access the network, such as smartphones, computers, robots, sensors, etc.

In the context of connectivity, it is crucial to remember that the term “edge” is not the same as “edge eomputing”

Edge

The edge is where devices connect to deliver data and receive instructions, from the cloud or a data center. Thanks to the rise of IoT, there was a need for a more robust and faster connection with an immediate response, leading to edge computing.

With edge computing, the device collecting the data can process and store it in real-time, without transferring it to another location.

The primary purpose of edge computing architecture is to reduce latency and decrease the bandwidth consumed. In this way, the connection experience is much more powerful and, at the same time, reduces costs.

Edge computing is one of the technologies required to support the growth of IoT, where the vast majority of devices are connected and require real-time response.

Edge computing has different applications such as facial recognition, virtual assistants, security cameras, and even fun filters for social networks.

Benefits of edge computing

  • Reduction of bandwidth costs, since it is not necessary to send all data to the cloud continuously
  • Reduction of latency issues
  • Agility and speed in decision making and response times for the user
  • Increased privacy control of information as it is stored locally
  • Faster and more uniform user experience

Which is better for my business?

Knowing whether cloud computing or edge computing is better for your business model depends solely on your company’s objective. We know that not all companies are the same and therefore the needs are completely different.

Cloud computing
Cloud computing is preferable for companies that use large amounts of information storage for software or applications that do not require real-time processing.

An example for the use of cloud computing is the agribusiness that uses temperature and humidity sensors on crops. The data collected by these sensors is precious. However it does not require immediate action in an emergency and can use cloud storage.

Edge Computing
On the other hand, if your business requires robots or manufacturing process machines where it is necessary to have a real-time response, it is essential that you use edge computing technology.

We can use as an example the oil industry for edge computing, which uses sensors in the valves for the refinery. If these sensors detect a pressure increase, it is necessary to activate the shutoffs and take the necessary measures. If there is high latency and the system does not process the information, an accident can occur.

Edge computing for telecommunications

For telecommunications service providers, it is essential to adopt edge computing to move services outside the core network to POPs closer to the end-user.

This alternative drastically reduces latency problems and improves the application experience. It should be noted that it is very important to have a good ecosystem and a robust infrastructure that allows a high quality connection.

If you want to know more about cloud computing and edge computing do not hesitate to contact us. At EdgeUno we can deliver highly customized solutions to help you grow your business.

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