A fight is brewing over edge computing

Companies are underestimating what it takes to run edge-based devices. One of the problems is the number of places where they exist: small computers inside an industrial robot, the computing that monitors systems within a jet plane, or even sensors that monitor customer movement throughout a retail store.

Edge computing is hyper-heterogeneous, meaning that most edge devices are different, need to be managed differently, secured differently, store data differently, and run different native operating systems. They are becoming the ultimate in complexity.

Although all this is manageable, it’s not without a commitment of time and money on somebody’s part, and therein exists a forthcoming problem. Who owns the edge?

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