The rise of edge computing is shifting data centers once again. Centralized data centers continue to ramp up, with many service provider construction projects focused on facilities. Edge computing is evolving to a more distributed placement of computations that are closer to the enduser. Users are consuming data in new ways, and developers are engaged and listening.
Last year, a major Internet of Things (IoT) thermostat provider experienced an outage. These thermostats had to communicate with the centralized service, and during the outage were unable to access their centralized services and shut off. This type of situation increases the demand for edge computing, which should prevent these types of failures by moving the logic and computing as close to the device as possible, and away from a single failure point.