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Edge computing book introduces edge laws and techniques

In this book excerpt, discover the three laws of edge computing, as well as how to use edge computing techniques to solve common IT problems within organizations.

Before IT teams embrace edge computing techniques, they first must learn the laws of edge computing.

Edge computing laws don't all have a legal basis, but instead technical and scientific bases. The laws of this landscape lay out the various reasons why IT teams would want to adopt edge computing capabilities, according to authors V.K. Cody Bumgardner and Caylin Hickey in their edge computing book. The book, Making Sense of Edge Computing, is available now from Manning Publications Co. through the Manning Early Access Program and explores key edge computing fundamentals.

Below is an excerpt from the book: Chapter 1, "Introducing edge computing." This chapter introduces readers to the three laws of edge computing and aims to motivate readers to understand how edge computing can benefit their organizations.

The three laws of the edge computing concept -- and IoT in general -- are the following:

  1. The law of physics. This means, even if IT teams have long enough fiber and can guarantee fast reaction times for data analysis, many network systems can't react fast enough unless they are close to the data, Bumgardner said. Edge computing inherently places computing power closer to the data.
  2. The law of economics. This means teams can't process data that doesn't have any value, according to Bumgardner. To move all data could be costly for organizations, and not all data is critical enough to move. Instead, teams could filter and process data closer to the sources and only transport critical data; edge computing techniques can enable this.
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    The law of the land. In healthcare and other areas where privacy preservation is crucial, many legal or policy reasons could exist and make teams unable to legally transmit data, Bumgardner said. Edge computing can enable teams to extract only the necessary data from a healthcare or other private resource -- although this law is more relevant to teams in countries with less strict privacy laws.

After readers are familiar with these laws, they can dive deeper into this edge computing book to discover more edge computing fundamentals and see how its techniques could transform their organizations' computing strategies.

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Click here to read Chapter 1, "Introducing edge computing."

This was last published in May 2020

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