The edge will be an important data processing role, with IDC predicting more data will increasingly be processed through the edge rather than at the endpoint or core.

The endpoint refers to devices like mobiles and PCs while the core is large data centres, including cloud.

The IDC white paper The APJxC Datasphere: Enterprise Acceleration to Meet Demand commissioned by Seagate found in 2015, 66 per cent of data was created at the endpoint, 12 per cent at the edge and 22 per cent at the core.

The report predicts that in 2025, 50 per cent will be created at the endpoint, 22 per cent at the edge and 28 per cent at the core.

Speaking to attendees at Seagate’s 40th anniversary event in Singapore last week, David Reinsel, SVP at IDC said the edge will do several things when it comes to the data process.

Firstly, the edge will enable the delivery of real time latency services.

Reinsel said, “Think about the AI necessary to infuse, bring insight to a decision they have to make.

“It will be microservices that follow me around the world, providing me with the data and the service I need to make those decisions that I need.”

Secondly, the edge will bring context to the data. Reinsel said, “Data is just data until it becomes information. That information is driven by context and additional data and what that does then it helps hyper-personalise engagements.”

David Reinsel, SVP, IDC

The edge will also help manage network traffic more efficiently, he said, “If every single thing that was connected went straight to the core, it would be hard to manage.

“It would provide half the opportunities to attack and to do what they do best. We will be doing a lot of analytics on the edge so it doesn’t go back to the core.”

Lastly, the edge enables persistent authentication to drive efficiency and security, “It’s not just good enough to say ‘I am who I am’, at the point of authentication. But it’s ‘do I continue to be who I continue to say I am?’”

“So it’s not just one time authentication but continual authentication. If I can ensure that no matter where I am in the world the datasphere around me understands I am who I am, then I can turn on and enable services that allow me to bring in more efficiency and productivity to my life.”

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