No-latency edge computing will snowball

Edge computing, where processing takes place closer to the end user in order to reduce latency, among other things, is set to balloon, according to a researcher.

Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) will grow with a high compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 50.2 percent per year over the next few years (2016-2023), says Occams Business Research and Consulting, which published research in July.

Yet-to-be-launched 5G wireless networks and overall increasing use of data will be among the drivers. Global mobile data should reach 69 exabytes by the close of 2022, up from 8.9 exabytes in 2016, the report says.

What is edge computing?

Edge computing involves the placement of small batches of servers locally rather than en masse in remote data centers. The technique allows data processing to occur much closer to the end user than in traditional cloud environments. Advantages include shorter geographic distances between data and user, which cuts latency and thus improves speed, and a reduction in data delivery loads, like backhaul. Both can reduce costs.

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