Thought Leadership and Insight from Michael Dargue, VP Strategy at Cartesian

For this edition of Edge Talks, we spoke to Michael Dargue of Cartesian.

1. We have heard the term Edge Computing often used. But what exactly is it?

In simple terms, Edge Computing locates computer processing and storage closer to the edge of the network than central data centres, i.e. closer to where data is generated and consumed. That said, there are many scenarios that fit this description, and that’s why we see so many competing definitions of Edge.

2. How will edge computing change the IT industry?

Edge computing is the hot topic in the industry right now because players with competing strategies are all seeking to establish their version of Edge as the primary model. Success in edge computing is a huge deal for some of the firms involved and could certainly lead to changes in industry structure.

3. How do you see the advent of edge data centres impacting hosting infrastructure?

I see edge data centres as very much complementary to the established, central DCs. Edge provides cost and performance advantages for certain applications, but the majority of workloads will continue to be hosted centrally. In fact, you are going to see a lot of the applications hosted at the edge, also having a central back-end. Depending on how the industry develops, these hosted environments may be owned and operated by different firms which could lead to quite complex operations.

4. How do you think the Edge will impact the everyday citizen?

In the near-term, Edge will improve content delivery and optimize networks which – for everyday users – means things like better quality video streaming and more responsive applications. Looking further out, Edge is expected to enable entirely new classes of applications, such as Network AR (Augmented Reality). For fans of Pokémon GO or LARPing this is going to be immense.

Michael will be at Edge Europe in Amsterdam on 31 January. Meet him there!