Edge computing has become increasingly prevalent due to the development of 5G and the Internet of Things. The market size is expected to reach $43.4 billion by 2027, but security issues regarding vulnerable data must be addressed. Sachin Bhalla, Vice President- Secure Power Division, India and SAARC, Schneider Electric shares some prominent aspects of the emergence and expansion of Edge Computing in conversation with Sukriti Yaduwanshi.
With the advancement of 5G and the Internet of Things, edge computing has gained immense precedence over the past couple of years. According to industry reports, the industry is expected to have a market size of 43.4 Billion Dollars by 2027 although there are security issues concerning edge computing. With companies constantly developing power and cooling systems, racks and UPSs, security risks can be diminished over time.
Sachin Bhalla — Vice President — Secure Power Division, India and SAARC, Schneider Electric shares some prominent aspects of emergence and expansion of Edge Computing in conversation with Sukriti Yaduwanshi.
Organisational efforts towards developing technology that acts as a security system and increased protection towards vulnerable data.
It is of crucial importance for organisations to make consistent efforts in developing technology that will help them protect against vulnerable data. Some of the ways in which organisations can protect their data are by implementing malicious and mobile code protection, providing backups for information and configuration, ensuring technical vulnerability management, conducting regular audit logging, setting protection of logging information, offering flaw remediation and fault logging, installing cybersecurity controls, performing regular penetration testing and utilising boundary defence solutions.
How does edge computing reduce wasteful data cross-overs from the cloud and reduce energy consumption?
The rise of edge computing platforms has prompted many businesses to re-think their data center strategies as they contemplate between embedded devices, gateways or plug-and-play micro data centers.
Edge computing processes data closer to the device that captures it. Instead of sending everything to a central location, i.e., the cloud, the data stays close to the sensor or is processed directly through the sensor itself. It essentially uses the same technology stack as a cloud server but is shrunk down to fit on a single device. Not everything can process on such a restricted stack, but it can help limit the amount of processing power required for applications that are compatible. This reduces unnecessary cloud traffic and reduces processing load and storage resources.
What are the challenges that companies are facing today when mass deputing edge computing in India?
India’s internet connectivity infrastructure is still evolving, and network connectivity can be unreliable in some areas. This can make it difficult for companies to ensure that their edge computing systems are consistently connected and able to function as intended. India’s power grid can be unreliable, with frequent power outages and voltage fluctuations. With the increasing use of edge computing, companies need to ensure that they are complying with data privacy and security regulations. This can be particularly challenging in India, where regulations around data privacy and security are still evolving. Edge computing solutions can be expensive, particularly for smaller companies or start-ups that may not have the resources to invest in the infrastructure required for edge computing. For industries where there is a need to share and analyse growing amounts of data — such as retail, banking manufacturing and telecommunications — a “plug and play” data center or micro data center, makes for a compelling choice as it is the ideal computing model for private clouds and converged IT systems.
How does edge computing play a crucial role in energy management given the need for a sustainable tomorrow?
Edge Computing stores and uses data locally, on or near the device on which it was created. This reduces the amount of traffic sent to the cloud and, at scale, has a huge impact on energy use and carbon emissions. The edge helps reduce the networking traffic coming in and out of centralized servers, reducing bandwidth and energy drains. This frees up bandwidth at the data centre itself and bandwidth for the organization in terms of any centralized servers on-premises. Companies can leverage edge computing to help reduce their ecological footprint. As edge-computing devices become more efficient, the benefits may grow.
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