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Article Series: Edge Cloud

Is edge computing the next frontier? Possibly. Once you get past the inevitable hype, you can see the value of processing data streams across distributed compute pools. If you view edge as an evolution of both infrastructure and application architecture, you recognize that our existing practices need an upgrade. How should we design systems that run in a disconnected state? How do we deploy changes to hundreds or thousands of locations? Should management be centralized or distributed? How do we minimize unnecessary network traffic and bandwidth spikes? What’s the right infrastructure stack to drop into edge locations?

Proactive answers to these questions may determine whether you’re successful or not with your edge strategy.

In this series of InfoQ articles, we take a look at multiple dimensions of the edge story. We review considerations for virtual and physical security. Another piece explores the data streaming aspects of edge that are more about “how” and not “where.” We also explore the dynamics of constantly-changing edge systems, and how cloud-based edge services are lowering the barrier for experimentation. This series of InfoQ articles helps architects, developers, and operations staff make more informed decisions on their journey towards edge.

Series Contents


Is Edge Computing a Thing?

Edge Computing is definitely a thing, but the computing need not occur at the edge. Instead what is needed is an ability to compute (anywhere) on streaming data from large numbers of dynamically changing devices, in the edge environment. This in turn demands an architectural pattern for stateful, distributed computing.

Article by: Simon Crosby


Deploying Edge Cloud Solutions without Sacrificing Security

Security challenges exist with edge cloud solutions. Some are technical, and some relate to the way in which these services are used. This article looks at the why, what, and how of edge security.

Article by: Sam Bocetta


The Modern Edge

This article shares stories of how interesting companies are using edge computing in ways you might not expect to solve real problems and help build a better Internet.

Article by: Zack Bloom


Edge Computing and Flow Evolution

Edge computing echoes science from the field of complex adaptive systems that explains scaling patterns. Understand this science to make better decisions about what to run "on the edge."

Article by: James Urquhart


State at the Edge: an Interview with Peter Bourgon

Building upon topics in his talk at QCon London, Peter Bourgon answers questions about edge computing, distributed data, and the complexity of synchronization.

Article by: Richard Seroter

Series Manager

Richard Seroter is the VP of Product Marketing at Pivotal, with a master's degree in Engineering from the University of Colorado. He's also a 12-time Microsoft MVP, trainer for developer-centric training company Pluralsight, speaker, the lead InfoQ editor for cloud computing, and author of multiple books on application integration strategies. Richard maintains a regularly updated blog on topics of architecture and solution design and can be found on Twitter as @rseroter

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