Edge computing vs. cloud computing
While it can be said that edge computing is the evolution of cloud computing, it's not a replacement. Cloud and edge computing are complementary, rather than competitive or mutually exclusive.
Cloud computing is the delivery of data over the internet—centralizing servers, storage and intelligence on a mass scale. The most notable benefits of this are cost savings, increased ability to collaborate remotely, secure file sharing and more efficient operations. Thanks to the cloud, mobile applications, smart technology and IoT devices were made possible. Their functionality, however, is limited by bandwidth demands.
Enter edge computing, which takes what cloud computing started and levels it up by improving the performance and efficiency of delivering data. Whether that data is on a mobile device, AR-powered gaming, a smart home speaker or IoT industrial machinery, processing data at the network's edge reduces latency.