Fog computing. It’s a new term surfacing in the technology industry to describe a computing solution that allows organizations to push the power of computing to the edge of the network.
I first heard it from John Chambers, the head of Cisco. But it’s quickly becoming the next buzz word in the IT world.
Like the cloud, “the fog” provides data, computing, storage, and application services to end-users. This creates a highly virtualized platform that works between end devices and traditional cloud computing data centers.
What’s the Future
Some technologists believe 100 percent of computing will move to the cloud someday. I think that’s unlikely because not all computing can work in the cloud. There are times and circumstances when organizations need the ability to analyze and access data on site, instead of accessing it from the cloud.
Using weather analytics, a retailer and pharmaceutical company now can strategically time the promotion of an allergy medicine based on weather patterns and when pollen counts are beginning to peak that season. The result: The medication is top of mind when customers are making buying choices and sales soar.
There’s been a lot of talk about the cloud. While many companies can rely on a public cloud, an increasingly number are looking to new technology offerings that make it easier to build their own private cloud – with less space and increased performance.
I tend to shy away from getting too technical in this blog, but this will be an exception to the rule as I share the new architecture available for data centers and how it can be applied in small businesses.