Edge computing moves data processing out of the cloud and closer to where the data is actually captured. Whether it’s a home security system or a smart factory, all of that data needs to be processed. If you try to send it all to the cloud, your network connection will slow down considerably. Instead, you can process some of that data locally, on a computer in the same building or even on the actual device that’s collecting the data.
Edge computing is not meant to replace cloud computing, but rather work together with it. After some, or most, of the data is processed, then what is left can be sent to the cloud. Once in the cloud, it might undergo further analysis or be put into storage. By processing some of the data before it’s sent to the cloud, you improve speed, reliability and security.
What is the future of edge computing?
The applications for edge computing are infinite. As computers get smaller and processing capacities get larger, we have the ability to put a computer on almost any device. Self driving cars need the ability to process information down to the millisecond, to avoid collision. This technology could soon apply to delivery vehicles like drones, trains and trucks.
In manufacturing, edge computing allows us to collect more data and improve products and processes, which could lead to more build-to-order manufacturing. Edge computing can help us collect more data in healthcare too, to get a more holistic look at a patient's health, real-time information in surgery, and population health.
Features of Edge Computers:
- High Performance Processors (Intel Core i Series)
- Large Storage Drives (512GB to 1TB SSD)
- TPM 2.0 Hardware Security
- Loads of Inputs/Outputs
- Highly dependable, built to run 24/7, 365
This box PC runs on an Intel 7th Gen Core i3/i5/i7 processor and has up to 4x expansion slots, which can allow it to accommodate many peripherals. It also has 2x easy access 2.5” SATA3 HDD drive bays and TPM 2.0 hardware security.
This embedded computer also runs on an Intel Kaby Lake Core i3/i5/i7 CPU. It has 2x PCIe(x1) slots or 1x PCIe(x4) slot and 2x easy access 2.5” SATA3 HDD drive bays. The TB-5545-PCIe has an abundance of I/O ports, including GPIO.
If you need a touchscreen, the TP-5045 Series comes in various screen sizes and runs on an Intel 6th Gen Core i3/i5 CPU. The TP-5045-15 has up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and 1x 2.5” SATA drive bay. This unit is also equipped with TPM 2.0 security.