Intelligent Data Centres Issue 40 | Page 41

EXPERT OPINION devices that are communicating with them , the Edge is located closer to the user for optimal data processing and application or content delivery .
Edge Computing brings data processing and information delivery functionality closer to the data ’ s source . It is the next generation of infrastructure for the Internet and the cloud – and it is experiencing rapidly accelerated growth . We ’ ve already seen a massive migration to the Edge during the pandemic and it is now widely reported that by 2025 , 75 % of all data will be processed there .
With employees often now widely dispersed , Edge data centres create a reliable ‘ last mile ’ of connectivity , bringing critical data ‘ nearer ’ to those needing to use it , increasing reliability of access , security and worker productivity .
COVID has boosted Edge Computing in other ways , of course . We have seen a boom in people moving away from shopping in big city high streets and prioritising convenience stores in their local area . We have seen the growth of video streaming , an increase and an ongoing rise in online gaming . And all this together has led to an increase in demand for compute power at the Edge to drive these kinds of activities , which are increasingly happening in remote locations .
Moreover , Edge Computing processes data locally which brings many benefits to a wide variety of industries . Financial institutions , for example , are adopting Edge Computing to better process data that is collected through mobile banking applications , ATMs and information kiosks . In the case of healthcare , Edge
Alan Stewart-Brown , VP EMEA , Opengear
Computing allows organisations to access critical patient information in real time rather than through an incomplete and slow database , while in retail , Edge Computing helps to improve customer experiences , increase operational efficiency and strengthen security measures . www . intelligentdatacentres . com