Fog Computing 101: Should your Business Compute at it?

Technology is evolving at a fast pace and so is data. Due to the progression in IoT devices, huge amounts of databases are being produced digitally which requires high bandwidth. The limitations in the cloud computing environment to manage these requirements led to the emergence of Fog aka Edge Computing.

Fog computing helps you to collect, process, disseminate and store information close to the sources and consumers of that information. Fog is not going to replace cloud computing. It helps the cloud to better deal with technical complications in accessing data and operating it on different devices without a cloud repository. Let’s first understand the character of a Fog computing model.

How the fog works

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With more devices being connected to the internet, the cloud computing ecosystem is becoming crowded. The fog computing technology enables you to process the data at its source or on the edge of your local network which is close to your data hub. The fog/edge empowered network allows you to process the time-critical data collected from the nearest IoT device locally.

This technology has enabled the digital world to minimize latency by keeping traffic and processing internal to a system improving the autonomy at the edge. 

So that you don’t have to send data for analysis to the centralized cloud and wait to respond to an unwanted event. Therefore, with fog, you can take corrective measures at your fingertips!

Here are the top three benefits your business can reap from computing at the fog:

1. Performance improvement

Performance improvement

The Fog is not just a source of gathering data for transmitting it across the cloud but it also helps you in processing, evaluating, and utilizing that data at the fog within just seconds. This technology helps you in analyzing industrial data optimally at all operational levels. The major challenge faced by production businesses is the transmission of real-time large volumes of data in a cost-effective way.

The fog computing network can help you in adding analytical capabilities at the plant or near the machines which give you a chance to optimize your asset performance and improve it cost-effectively. The fog application allows you to make machines operate according to your desired requirements with the right set of fog tools evaluating and improving their performance.

2. Data privacy & security

Data privacy & security VPN

The public cloud poses a range of data privacy, security, and compliance challenges to companies. Today, the cloud service providers, ensure private data access and strict security protocols for your sensitive data but at the cost of being expensive, complicated, and hard to manage. The implementation of fog/edge computing helps you to access, organize and process your enterprise data separately on the public or private cloud.

For this, you have to use the required local security protocols based on your region or company’s domain. With fog computing, you can operate any sensitive user dataset locally at your edge without transmitting it to the centralized cloud platform. This technology will make it easy for your IT team to track and exercise control on specific devices on your fog network.

3. Operational cost reduction

The cloud computing service provides you with connectivity, workload migration, bandwidth, and latency features at a costly rate making you skeptical about switching to the cloud ecosystem. Fog computing allows you to mitigate bandwidth requirements and latency challenges at a lower cost. The fog makes a valuable sequence from the IoT device to the cloud to access and manage tremendous amounts of data produced by the IoT.

The fog enables you to operate the data on your local network at a much lower cost than the public cloud while letting you maintain the flexibility standards of the cloud.

With the help of fog, you can process the data at the source where it is produced, reducing the response time and cost to an event rather than sending it to the cloud for evaluation and then responding to an event.

How it adds business value

The fog empowered network helps you make the manufacturing of profit-generating goods and services efficient at a lower cost than normal. The fog helps you escalate your production cycles, reduce the operational costs, improve your asset performance and management. It lets you seek more opportunities for generating revenues by creating value for IoT, embedded AI, and 5G applications and services.

The Wrap Up:
In the coming years, the development in fog computing will take cloud computing services to the next level. The fog network will be handling all the business-critical operations. With the progress in the IoT world, there is a need for sophisticated IT infrastructure that could efficiently manage all the requirements of the IoT system. And fog networking is still the most reliable option to deal with the ever-growing IoT challenges.

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