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Guest Blog: Chris Gehlen, Founder & CEO of Neutroon Edge Computing

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

Edge computing is emerging as a viable evolution of cloud vs locally-hosted networks, redefining what is possible for businesses of all sizes, writes Chris Gehlen, CEO and Founder of Neutroon.


Chris Gehlen, Founder & CEO of Neutroon
Chris Gehlen, Founder & CEO of Neutroon

Edge computing has emerged as one of the most important trends in IT since the advent of ChatGPT and LLMs. By 2029, more than 15 billion IoT devices will be connected to business infrastructure, says Gartner. By mid-2025, 69% of CIOs will have deployed edge technology already.


Within the continuum of the cloud-edge, a distributed architecture is opening up a new universe of applications. Resources can be placed anywhere in this distributed fabric where they make the most sense from the standpoint of latency, cost, or carbon footprint. There are several different facets to the edge: the near edge is often completely on-premises and nearest to the client, while the far edge is closer to centralised data centres.


The near edge, in my opinion, is where innovation is happening most at the moment. This is a result of a number of factors, including the immediate, measurable advantages for businesses. I think there are three main factors that influence why customers choose edge every day and why they will keep doing so.


The advantages in terms of data privacy and cybersecurity are first. One of the most effective instances would be the implementation of a cutting-edge mission-critical application, such as AI quality inspection employing real-time UHD video. Enterprises don't want to take the chance of having sensitive image/video data leave their walls, and since low latency is a crucial component of the process, edge computing is the only viable solution. The AI app operating on the edge, however, requires regular updates to be truly effective. Only a cloud-native dev-ops strategy that continuously develops and delivers the app makes this possible.


The ease with which edge computing makes it possible to experiment with novel use cases and foster creativity is its second advantage. An overlay network can be provided via edge computing in conjunction with a personal 5G/LTE network to facilitate experimentation. The deployment of new apps can be greatly accelerated by streamlining networking and reducing connectivity hurdles and bottlenecks without having to worry about network settings for every new use case. In order to streamline application deployment, I think that integrating the 5G and edge/cloud worlds is the key to realising the full potential of edge computing.


Next, we have the advantages of lower costs and carbon footprint. Whereas it was latency in 2021, bandwidth cost will be the primary driver of edge computing by 2025. This is a result of the massive volumes of data that the cloud is receiving from metaverse and AI applications. Globally, we could save an estimated US$13 billion in energy expenditures annually if just 25% of all data centres worldwide were replaced with edge nodes. Moving data to a central place is comparable to daily commutes into the city; the same is true of the cloud; it helps to avoid congestion and pollution.


In closing, I believe Edge computing's growing popularity as a replacement for the voluminous traffic to and from data centres can and will have a significant influence on emissions as well as operating expenses.

I think the advantages listed here will also be advantageous as the field develops, and further advantages for IT specialists, users, consumers, and clients will also become apparent.


Chris Gehlen is CEO and Founder of Neutroon, which provides all-in-one advanced connectivity for private 5G networks and edge computing. To learn more, please visit neutroon.com

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