These days, cloud computing isn’t the panacea it was once expected to be and service providers and enterprises alike certainly have very realistic expectations of and concerns about migration to the cloud. The cloud is both pervasive and amorphous, and the prevalence of the BYOD trend and the Internet of Things (IoT) have forced it to change and adapt to meet the demands of customers.
One of the clear trends that emerged from this evolution is Fog Computing, which surpasses common cloud solutions that provide storage or services centrally and remotely and addresses cross platform and cross operations issues. In the era of IoT, everything comes back to the user, no matter where they are located or what device they are utilizing. Supporting individual users with the highest levels of service possible is tantamount to success, and that requires cross platform management and monitoring of the network, devices and applications.
Placing controls on the network edge, rather than solely in the cloud, offers a host of benefits for geographically dispersed networks. Mirror Image is one company working in this space, offering edge computing as a service to enable execution of custom, real-time logic. The service runs over the Mirror Image global network and works by offloading traffic from customers’ origin servers and providing a mirrored presence close to each end user, at the edge of the network. The result is optimal application performance for users, with low latency levels and huge capacity for scalability.
The Edge Computing service may also be used for custom applications like mobile and display advertising, asset authentication, online data collection and customization based on cookies, device or location. It is integrated with Mirror Image’s media and content delivery services as well and is powered by the company’s Edge Computing Framework and associated Edge Computing Solutions.
Edge Computing provides a major alternative to building out on-premises servers or doing a full migration to the cloud. Most importantly, it offers a way to support and allocate resources to individual users, a vital component of the IoT. As fog computing continues to gain momentum and the cloud becomes decentralized, the edge is poised to play a key role in the network.