Edge computing is the key component to any IoT solution. The advantages being realized from the innovation and diversity of edge computing solutions continue to pile up. But at a certain point there comes a trade-off between the ease of use that a single vendor provides with a full edge to cloud infrastructure, versus the costs that come with integrating multi-vendor solutions together to avoid single vendor lock-in. As with any emerging technology, increased adoption will solve this by defining a set of common standards and protocols that will dictate how the edge and cloud communicate. The article that follows does a really good job of predicting how this process will play out, and which vendors and associations will play key roles. 

Edge computing has become an important trend for the Internet of Things (IoT). Gartner identifies edge computing as one of their top Tech Trends for 2019. Companies implementing IoT solutions are seeing real benefits of processing data on the edge, closer to the ‘things’, before it is sent to the cloud. Confirming this trend, a recent Micron/Forrester survey found in the next three years, 53 percent of respondents expect to be analyzing complex data sets at the edge. This is why some have made the bold prediction that ‘the edge will eat the cloud.

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