Peter Levine believes that cloud computing is soon going to take a back seat to edge computing — and we will very quickly see the majority of processing taking place at the device level.
As crazy as that sounds — and he fully recognizes that it does — Levine says it’s based on sound analysis of where he sees computing going.
That’s not to say that the cloud won’t continue to have a key place in the computing ecosystem. It will.
If the idea of processing data at the edge sounds familiar, it should. Levine points out computing has gone in massive cycles, shifting from centralized to distributed and back again.
We start to see the development of autonomous cars and drones - a self-driving car, it’s effectively a data center on wheels.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the biggest public cloud providers have some products aimed toward the edge market already. For AWS, it’s a product called Greengrass. For Microsoft, it’s Azure Stack.
As we’ve seen, no form of computing ever quite goes away when a new one comes along. IBM is still selling mainframes. There are client/server networks inside many organizations across the world today and mobile/cloud will still exist.