You may have heard of FOG computing. In essence its Edge Computing with some additional elements such as virtualization and elastic processing usually seen in the Cloud. This means that data is processed and acted on closer to its source then is possible with a pure Cloud architecture.
According to Cisco ”The Internet of Things (IoT) is generating an unprecedented volume and variety of data. But by the time the data makes its way to the cloud for analysis, the opportunity to act on it might be gone” With an estimated 50 billion devices connected by 2020 the Cloud infrastructure will not be able to cope. FOG computing is part of a Next Generation of technological change that will decentralise and automate decision making and revolutionise society.
There are many examples of this change such as driverless cars, localised production of renewable energy and a myriad of Industrial IoT opportunities that will improve efficiency and productivity. This doesn’t mean the return of large end user Data Centres, which are being replaced by Cloud and Co-Lo facilities, but it does mean more distributed racks of appliances and network devices. The need for speed and a decentralised infrastructure will also help fuel the growth of Blockchain, the technology behind the cryptocurrency boom. Blockchain applications provide a secure means to create contracts with automated transactions, based on consensus and what if scenarios, to speed up the billions of transactions between connected devices in the IoT world.
As in all previous industrial revolutions these changes will see winners and losers. The Cloud and rise of the Co-Lo data centre provider have all but killed off the end user Data Centre and any business targeting that market will continue to struggle. But the growth in FOG computing and a greater need for decentralised infrastructure will provide new opportunities for innovative System Integrators that can implement Industrial IoT , Micro, or Edge, Data Centres and decentralised mobility and security solutions.
This post has been written by Steve Bailey, MD, AIT Partnership
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