IDG Contributor Network: Data at the edge: the promise and challenge

What happens when cloud computing goes away? A bold—and perhaps surprising—question. But one that Peter Levine, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, didn’t shy away from asking during a presentation at the VC firm’s a16z Summit in 2016.

Just as the distributed client server model that took off in the 1980s replaced the centralized mainframes of the 1960s and 1970s, distributed edge intelligence will replace today’s centralized cloud computing, Levine predicts. And he believes this change is already underway but will really take off beginning in 2020.

“Everything that’s ever popular in technology always gets replaced by something else,” Levine said. “It always goes away. That’s either the opportunity or the beauty of the business.”

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