Interconnected Edge Cloud: The Next Wave of Edge Computing Needed to Support IoT


  • Joe Zhu, CEO & Founder, Zenlayer, USA


As IoT becomes more and more ubiquitous, edge computing has come to the forefront as a vital enabler of the real-time data processing that makes IoT effective and efficient.

In fact, we have seen many companies rushing to create their own edge computing solutions:

  • Major cloud provider Microsoft Azure recently launched Azure IoT Edge, which enables artificial intelligence and advanced analytics at the edge.
  • Leading data center provider Equinix has introduced Equinix IOA (Interconnection Oriented Architecture to help businesses do business at the edge.
  • Popular CDN provider Fastly rolled out its edge cloud platform to deliver intelligent caching and application logic at the edge.

However, the true value in edge computing lies not just in putting computer power at the edge.  Another equally important component is the interconnection between the cloud and the edge, and among the edge clouds/nodes themselves.

In the world of IoT, devices not only need to be intelligent, but they also need to connect to each other, at any time, any place.  By interconnecting edge clouds via dedicated networks, data can bypass congested public networks and reduce the number of hops needed to quickly reach their destinations. IoT need minimum latency to provide an acceptable user experience.

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