Edge Computing: The Future of Cloud?



In our last article, we briefly discussed cloud storage and its uses in today’s corporate world. Here we delve deeper into the nature of cloud - its strengths and weaknesses and the new infrastructure of Edge to overcome these loopholes.



Cloud Computing



Formerly a new technology trend to watch, cloud computing has become mainstream, with major players AWS (Amazon Web Services), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform dominating the market. Cloud provides tremendous benefits for organizations that use a traditional client/server network. By storing assets and information in a centralized cloud, they ensure that authorized users can access the information and tools they need from anywhere at any time. The adoption of cloud computing is still growing, as more and more businesses migrate to a cloud solution. While the cloud revolutionized the way we handle data and the way businesses were able to provide applications and services to their customers, it comes with limitations as well.


Cloud: Strengths and Weaknesses


Cloud computing is simply unparalleled with regards to large scale data analysis, with its huge storage and processing potential. This data can be utilised to produce valuable insights, trends and solutions. In fact its immense data analysis capabilities are some of the reasons why artificial Intelligence and machine learning have become more viable in recent years. Due to its scalable infrastructure, cloud is also able to expand its storage and processing capacity as needed, which is highly beneficial for small businesses looking to expand quickly.


However, while the cloud may be superior in power and capacity, it falls short in speed. The centralised nature of cloud computing hinders