Many businesses use cloud resources to store their data, which helps them store unlimited information and access that data from almost anywhere in the world. However, cloud computing revolves around storing this data in servers located at a data center or data farm. Businesses know that sending this large amount of data to the cloud and storing it in data centers away from your location can be a huge security concern. Moreover, organizations don’t have any control over the data stored in the cloud. Therefore, businesses are switching to another data storage method: edge computing.
Edge computing optimizes data storage by storing data in entities away from the cloud and near their production source. Vates is an IoT solution and consulting company that develops IoT applications (also called edge applications) that have enough storage to process data in milliseconds and record it near the source. Moreover, Vates helps IoT applications determine which data is worth storing in edge computing and which information should be discarded.
Now that you know what edge computing is, here’s how businesses can benefit from it.
Allows Business Branches to Conduct Local Business Analysis
It’s no secret that businesses use available data and perform data analytics to make data-informed decisions. These decisions can help businesses improve their products, services, and marketing strategies. However, do you think businesses with branches in different locations need to make the same data-informed decisions to progress further? No, market trends and customer needs differ in different areas, so businesses should consider using edge computing.
Through edge computing, different business branches can store and analyze data locally to make data-informed decisions that apply to their branches. This is particularly beneficial for local retail stores or businesses with branches in different countries or cities. Edge computing helps small and local stores optimize their operations instead of waiting for the head branch to gather and analyze data from all locations.
Eliminates Useless Data
One of the most significant disadvantages of cloud computing is that it also stores and processes useless data from IoT devices. The data is uploaded so fast that devices don’t get the time to distinguish between valuable and scrappy data and end up storing all of it. This means that businesses have to spend more money on purchasing cloud servers that manage all of their data.
However, businesses can use edge computing to eliminate useless data before it’s uploaded to edge servers. IoT consulting services like Vates help businesses process data in milliseconds before uploading it to the servers. This allows businesses to eliminate useless data and only store information they will use in the future.
Secures Data by Keeping It near the Production Source
Cloud computing is centralized, meaning businesses have to store all their data in one place, away from their business location. However, storing data in one place can be a massive security risk. If a cybercriminal break into cloud storage, they can easily access a company’s entire data. Moreover, storing data away from a company’s location means businesses can never be too sure of the security strength at a server site.
On the other hand, edge computing allows businesses more control over physical devices and their security. This way, businesses can take extra steps to protect these edge devices. Edge computing keeps data away from centralized servers.
Builds a More Efficient Security System
Besides eliminating the evident security threat, edge computing allows trillions of data entries to be stored in a more efficient security system. Businesses that need to secure a lot of data can benefit from edge computing by filtering data and storing the information they would need in the future. For instance, businesses using security cameras would have to send footage of all cameras 24/7 to the cloud with cloud computing.
However, if they use edge computing, the devices will only send footage as needed. This minimizes the data a company needs to secure, making security systems more efficient. Moreover, storing information in different devices after smart categorization near the company’s edge can make security systems more efficient.
Vates is an IoT consulting company that helps businesses keep their networks, data, and systems secure through innovative tools and methodologies. We apply these security methodologies on devices, servers, and more, to keep data storage secure and more efficient.
Combines the Benefits of Local Data Storage and Cloud Data Storage
One of the best things about edge computing is that it combines the good features of local and cloud storage. Businesses can distinguish their data and determine which information needs to be near for security reasons or for easy access. Moreover, companies can determine which data should be stored in cloud servers and be easily accessible it from anywhere. Edge computing allows you to build a customized system using edge devices and servers, where businesses can decide how much data should be stored locally or on the cloud.
Moreover, companies can build an edge computing system based on other factors. Edge computing experts agree that the concept of edge computing means different things for different businesses. Some companies benefit from adding on-premises servers for local data storage and processing, while others build privacy-sensitive applications that use the cloud for storage. In addition, businesses can use x86 hardware devices at different locations to host virtual networks.
There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ concept in edge computing, as it depends on a company’s data production, data type, and its use in the future. Vates offers customized system and software development services for businesses, where our professionals analyze a business’s needs before constructing an application integrated with IoT and edge computing.
Allows Companies to Access Data Faster
In edge computing, data is divided into two categories. The first is data meant for storage, and that’s simple. Edge computing stores it near the company’s location. However, the other category, computational data, is much more complex. Computational data revolves around processing, analyzing, and accessing data fast.
Analyzing and accessing data stored in the cloud takes a lot of time and money. On the other hand, if your data is stored locally, you can process it quickly using local servers. Moreover, businesses can access data faster than data stored on the cloud, which saves a lot of time.
Uses Less Bandwidth and Latency
Do you know that uploading all your data to the cloud requires a really high bandwidth? That makes sense as a business will be uploading billions of gigabytes worth of data at one time. Companies can’t use internet devices with low bandwidth and wait for them to take days to upload this data to the cloud. Moreover, the data has to move to the cloud from the business endpoints, which again takes a lot of time.
On the other hand, edge computing can help businesses do the entire process of storing data in servers in milliseconds. Through edge computing, data doesn’t have to travel to the cloud from local servers—this reduces time. Moreover, businesses don’t have to invest in high-bandwidth internet devices to upload the data to the cloud. In the business world, travel time, also called latency, improves the real-time decision-making process. Companies with reduced latency can make time-critical decisions and apply them faster.
Helps Businesses Collect Real-World Data
Data analytics is the future of the business world, where businesses have to collect data at every point and use it to optimize their operations, products, etc. Edge computing uses on-premise data servers and edge devices, like sensors to collect real-world data. This real-world data can help businesses understand customer requirements, use patterns, and more to enhance their operations.
Vates is a Big Data consulting firm. We combine IoT and big data to create edge computing devices and applications that collect data in the real world and process it to make better data-based decisions.
Improves Manufacturing Process for Businesses
Businesses are always looking for technologies that enhance their end products, and edge computing provides just that! Performing real-time data collection and analysis in the manufacturing department allows businesses to enhance production operations.
For instance, a manufacturing business can use edge computing to determine the reason behind delays in the manufacturing process. They can also use the data to build smart applications that enhance the whole process by reducing delays. However, this is only possible by collecting, storing and processing the data near the manufacturing facility.
Hire Vates—an IoT Solutions and Consulting Company
With edge computing, your business can use and store data quickly and efficiently. Moreover, you can reduce security risks to your data by switching to edge computing. At Vates, we offer IoT solutions services, where we integrate applications, systems, and devices with IoT technologies, like edge computing. Moreover, our big data analytics consulting service uses big data analytics to help businesses determine important information that they can use to improve their operations and projects.
Our custom software development services create customized IoT and edge computing applications for businesses based on their needs. Our IoT consulting services analyze a company’s operations before creating edge computing applications without following a ‘one-size-fits-all’ formula.
Reach out to us and benefit from edge computing using our IoT solutions and consulting services.