The emergence of edge computing is linked to the need to process data close to data generation sources in IoT devices. According to the latest estimates, we could see more than 75.44 billion IoT devices by 20251 — a 5X increase since 2015. In this context, the challenge is not simply managing IoT devices but more importantly, how to cope with the volume of data and content that connected devices will produce.
Today’s heterogeneous networks are unable to manage the massive growth anticipated in the number of endpoints and the data volume. Finally, smart ways to distribute the data are not yet available. These challenges have created a pressing need to move information and analytical models closer to the source of data, in order to provide compute capability inside an environment where connectivity and response times can be controlled. To address these needs, a new class of edge computing and connectivity has emerged. IDC predicts that: