Computer hardware has undergone several evolutions. It began with the room size monsters such as ENIAC. Mainframes have been with us since the 1950s. Minicomputers arrived in the mid-1960s. Microcomputers came in the late 1970s and expanded greatly in the 1980s. Blade servers arrived in 2001. As the hardware changed, the approach to programming changed…

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There is a big barrier to learning big data technology such as Hadoop. With most new technology, a developer just downloads the software to his laptop and starts hacking. You can’t do that with Hadoop. It requires a minimum of four servers to work properly. Most developers do not have four servers lying around that…

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Infrastructure is rarely linearly scalable. To be truly linear, there should be means to increase the capacity of the infrastructure in a straight line. There always seems to be a sunk cost, that is, there always seems to be a step function in the graph. Take blade servers as an example. In concept, blade servers…

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All the talk these days is cloud, cloud, cloud. I hope I don’t put you off by asking: Have you started thinking about your edge computing strategy? The more advanced companies were the first to leverage the advantages of cloud computing such as fast deployment, elastic scaling and software as a service. These companies are…

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Edge computing is a new type of compute power that exists between the smart things and the cloud. It is surprising how many new things around us have small computers inside them. These embedded computers are in automobiles. They are in home appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines and air conditioners. Restaurants have smart kitchens…

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Brenner combine harvester 1930s, CLAAS KGaA mbH A metaphor that we use to explain edge computing is “finding the needle in the haystack.” Why move all the hay to the cloud to find the needle? Sort the hay at the source and just send the needles to the cloud. The metaphor is nice in its…

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The most advanced companies, those that apply technology for strategic advantage, were the first to adopt cloud computing. They are now the first to realize that they must move compute power from the cloud and back out to the edge. They now need compute power for advanced analytics at the source of the data or…

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