Edge computing: a balance of risks and benefits

Edge computing may be a relatively new technology term, but it has not taken long for businesses to understand the benefits of locating their compute and storage resources near the user or the source of the data. By processing information right where applications are running without having to travel back to a data center located miles away, software works faster and so can do more.

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Lucy Kerner is Director of Global Security Strategy and Evangelism at Red Hat.

The difference is especially noticeable for businesses where every millisecond matters, such as high-frequency financial trading, automated vehicles and safety monitoring equipment. But it’s also highly appealing in contexts where latency isn’t mission-critical, such as content streaming, manufacturing and smart utilities, since today’s users expect near-instant reaction times and an exuberance of capabilities from their applications.

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