Couchbase: Benefits of Edge Computing

Edge computing is becoming an indispensable element of modern IT infrastructures. The database specialist Couchbase lists the most important reasons for this. […]

IT is moving to the periphery: Networked mini-data centers on site enable a variety of new application and application scenarios, be it in digital cities, real-time gaming or the Internet of Things (IoT). With edge computing, IT is taking the next big development step after cloud computing. Couchbase has analyzed the decisive advantages:

Availability and stability: Edge computing reduces the dependence on constantly available Internet connections. At the edge, it is also possible to continue working in the event of malfunctions or failures in the network, if necessary even offline. This increases the stability and availability of storage and compute resources.

Speed and latency tolerance: Latencies are a critical factor in many applications, for example in the Internet of Things. Even short-term delays can lead to malfunctions or failures there. With edge computing, latency-critical data transfers between edge and data center are eliminated, and latency times are reduced to fractions of milliseconds.

Security: With edge computing, business-critical or personal data no longer has to be processed or stored in the cloud. This makes it easier to comply with security and compliance requirements. At the same time, edge computing leaves open the option of using cloud resources for aggregated, non-critical data.

Mobility: In conjunction with 5G, edge computing opens up new application options on mobile devices. Only the speed of 5G and the latency tolerance and reliability of edge computing make mobile scenarios, such as the use of autonomous vehicles, possible.

Cost: Since a lot of data is processed and stored on site, edge computing drastically reduces network usage and thus bandwidth requirements. The costs for this decrease accordingly and at the same time become more calculable.

“Edge computing combines the scalability and on-demand capabilities of the cloud with the speed and reliability of local data centers,” explains Paul Salazar, Senior Director Central Europe at Couchbase. “This combination places high demands on the control and management software, but also opens up a wealth of new application possibilities.“

*Bernhard Lauer is, among other things, a freelance editor of dotnetpro and manages the Basic Instinct section here, for example. He has been programming privately with Visual Basic since version 1.0.

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