For years, companies have relied on systems that compute and control from a relatively central location. Even cloud-based systems rely on a single set of software components that churn through data, gather results and serve them back.
The internet of things changes that dynamic. Suddenly, thousands of devices are sharing data, talking to other systems and offering control to thousands of endpoints.
As these networks evolve, they encounter new problems made possible by now-popular computing trends. Thanks to big data and smarter networks (through mesh networking, IoT and low-power networks and computing), the older systems cannot handle the influx of information they helped create.
The answer to these problems is a blend of cloud storage and edge computing. To take advantage of both technologies, however, IT professionals must understand how they operate.
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