April 20, 2024

Jackie Pinchbeck

Global Connectivity

What Is An Edge Network?

Introduction

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you know that edge computing is all the rage. But what is it exactly? What makes edge computing different from traditional cloud computing? And why should you care about it? This article will answer all of those questions and more.

Edge Computing

Edge computing is the process of moving computing services closer to the edge of your network. This can be done in order to reduce latency and improve performance, but it’s also useful for other reasons.

For example, if you have a large number of IoT devices that need to communicate with one another or with a central server (such as an enterprise application), then edge computing can be used to handle this traffic locally instead of sending it through your core network. This reduces congestion on your main network links, which means there will be less lag time for users who are trying to access these services from remote locations–and it also helps cut down on overall costs since you won’t need as many expensive high-speed connections between different locations within your organization’s infrastructure system.

Edge Networking

Edge computing is a form of cloud computing that is designed to be deployed at the edge of the network, or as close to the end user as possible. This can include devices such as IoT sensors, mobile phones and tablets, smart watches and other wearable devices as well as PCs and workstations.

Edge networking is used to connect these endpoints (devices) with each other and with applications running in centralized data centers or clouds. It also connects them with each other so they can share information seamlessly across different devices without having to go back up into the cloud first before being sent out again over another network connection (e.g., Wi-Fi).

Due to its proximity to users’ locations on both sides–in terms of both physical distance but also time delay between sending data vs receiving it–edge networks have unique performance requirements compared with traditional enterprise WANs for example where latency isn’t an issue since most traffic goes through private lines anyway

It’s important to understand that edge computing and edge networking are two separate concepts.

It’s important to understand that edge computing and edge networking are two separate concepts. While they’re often used together in practice, they represent different ways of thinking about how data is processed and transmitted through a network.

Edge Computing refers to the technology that allows you to process data close to the source, which means closer than you would normally be able to get with traditional cloud environments. This can be done by dedicating resources on a device or appliance that sits between your device and its normal connection point (the internet), allowing it to act as both server and client simultaneously–and all without having any external dependencies like servers or storage systems!

Conclusion

In summary, we’ve covered what edge computing and edge networking are, how they can be used in conjunction with each other, and the benefits of each. If you’re interested in learning more about these topics, check out our blog posts on them here at Cloud Academy!