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Edge Computing — Redefining The Enterprise Infrastructure

With the industry experiencing massive adoption of the public cloud, it is clear that the enterprises have crossed the cloud chasm. Some of the most skeptic CXOs from the financial and public sector domains are now convinced about the value of cloud. With cloud computing becoming mainstream, what’s next for the enterprise infrastructure?

The next big thing for enterprise IT comes in the form of edge computing – a paradigm where compute moves closer to the source of data. Edge computing addresses many challenges that enterprise IT faces when running data-centric workloads in the cloud. It reduces the amount of data that flows back and forth between the datacenter and the public cloud. Edge computing will enable IT to retain sensitive data on-premises while still taking advantage of the elasticity offered by the public cloud. It reduces the latency involved in dealing with public cloud platforms.

There is a misconception that edge computing is designed only for the Internet of Things. Edge computing is all set to become the most preferred architecture for running data-driven, intelligent applications. Though edge computing is ideal for IoT solutions, it offers tremendous value for the departmental and traditional line of business applications.

The edge computing layer will be running closer to the data sources. Each unit of edge computing will have its own set of resources in the form of compute, storage, and networking. These units will be configured for a particular function which becomes the primary job of the device. The edge computing devices will be primarily responsible for handling network switching, routing, load balancing, security, and audit trail while also doubling up for running data processing pipelines. The cluster of edge computing devices becomes the local ingestion point for the data originating from a variety of sources. Each data point will be analyzed by a complex event processing engine which decides the path that it takes. Based on pre-defined policies and rules, it may be processed locally or may be sent to the public cloud for further processing. The “hot data,” which is critical to the operations of the local infrastructure will be analyzed, stored, processed immediately by the edge computing layer. The “cold data” that contributes to long-term analytics based on historical trends moves to the public cloud for batch processing.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.