What is edge data?
Edge data is data that is created as a result of edge computing processes, which is done at or near the physical location of the user or the source of the data. Being at the edge has connotations of limited network bandwidth and being outside the perimeter of data centers and the cloud.
The benefit of placing computing services closer to locations such as bank branch offices – or even oil derricks – is that local users and analysts get immediate and more reliable services and insights. With an effective edge computing mechanism, data can be cleansed and transformed at the point of origin, thus reducing the amount of ETL work done by core systems.
As more organizations with remote locations are trying to handle growing data volumes, edge computing provides a way to apply storage and compute resources in the most efficient and cost effective manner.