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How edge computing and IoT spark better business decision making

The Internet of Things generates a vast amount of data that traditional cloud architecture can’t handle. Could edge computing architecture for IoT help?

As companies look to move faster and gain actionable insights more quickly from data they collect, they are running up against a challenge. Cloud computing architecture isn’t always suited to their goals.

By 2025, approximately 80 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, according to IDC research. The amount of data being generated is doubling every two years, and by 2020, the amount of data is predicted to reach 44 zettabytes, IDC has estimated.

Current cloud-based computing architectures are too centralized to handle massive explosions in data volume. Enterprises need to access, interact with, and act on data more quickly, in real time. Instead of sending data on longer routes to centralized locations, such as data centers or public cloud structures, which creates data latency, edge computing can process the data locally, which reduces the latency associated with sending data back to a central repository. This could have promise for Internet of Things (IoT) data gathering and analytics, enabling much faster processing and better outcomes in areas like highway traffic and accident resolution, smart home technologies and crime prevention. That said, there are some caveats to take note of as compute and analysis move to the edge—with the security of the data being chief among them.

We sat down with Scott Robinson, director of business intelligence at Lucina Heath in Louisville, Ky., two discuss how these two technology trends are fueling one another—and whether together they could solves some historic problems with business decision making.

Check out the video above, for more on edge computing and IoT.

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Lauren Horwitz

Lauren Horwitz is the managing editor of Cisco.com, where she covers the IT infrastructure market and develops content strategy. Previously, Horwitz was a senior executive editor in the Business Applications and Architecture group at TechTarget;, a senior editor at Cutter Consortium, an IT research firm; and an editor at the American Prospect, a political journal. She has received awards from American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), a min Best of the Web award and the Kimmerling Prize for best graduate paper for her editing work on the journal article "The Fluid Jurisprudence of Israel's Emergency Powers.”