Real Words or Buzzwords: Edge Computing and the evolving internet

Editor’s note: This is the 60th article in the “True Words or Buzzwords?” series on how real words become empty words and stifle technological progress.

The original Internet we built was designed on the basis of decades-old technology (originally telephony lines) and released for use to a society that had little exposure to computer technology and for many people who were mostly at work. As the use of websites has expanded, information technology has continued to progress. The core of the Internet has been expanded to keep pace with demand, with high-speed networking and computer virtualization facilitating and accelerating its growth.

Internet Expansion

Internet expansion continued primarily under the original Internet architecture, which became increasingly problematic with the advent of human-powered portable devices, and connected devices that did not require human operation (the Internet of Things – IoT).

As of 2018, 90% of the world’s data was created in the previous two years. Every day, we create about 2.5 trillion bytes of data. With the booming growth of IoT, this rate of data creation will become even greater. And it all happens on the edge of the Internet.

Giant Data Centers Don’t Solve the Problem

Synergy Research says more than 100 hyperscale facilities were built in 2020, bringing the total to close to 600. In January 2021, Amazon, Microsoft and Google collectively made up more than half of all major data centers and are still significant drivers of data. central growth. Data centers are still located where land and electricity are cheap.

That’s a major factor in those three companies that are all significantly investing in data centers in Idaho. In February 2022, Meta (formerly Facebook) announced plans to build a $ 800M hyperscale campus in Idaho. As part of that move, it agreed to purchase the full capacity of Iowa Wind Farm to operate its data center campus.

Thus, today’s data centers are as remote as they can get from most end users and the IoT devices that generate the much increased amounts of data that need processing. They do not solve the problem of mobile phone and IoT internet user.

Developing the Internet for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Needs

That’s why a year ago, Steam IO and VMWare announced the formation of the Open Grid Alliance (OGA), united by Dell Technologies, DriveNets, MobiledgeXand Package as founders. The OGA, now with 32 membersoffers vastly increasing the number of small edge data centers along with the number of direct connections to the Internet.

Consider, for example, a 5G and 6G wireless future with an affordable and highly available high-speed fiber optic network running to an edge data center at almost every cell tower. That would mean microsecond transaction times for high-volume IoT data processing at the edge – such as for security and retail operation video analytics and manufacturing line machine vision.

It would also mean high-speed high-volume wireless IoT data connections, which is critical for autonomous vehicle secure operation and for urban traffic management. And it is a crucial need for smart cities and smart buildings that today’s affordable technology brings more widely to reach.

The original internet had only a few dozen and then a few thousand end users. As of January 2022, 4.95 billion (about 62.5% of the world’s population) use the Internet. Although there are many government and private projects around the world called “Next Generation Internet” over the last two decades – all based on previous era technology.

This is why the Linux Foundation has Edge computer project as well as hundreds of top IT domain players, why IT and business analytics firms have been paying attention, and why Google’s search for “edge computing” (in quotes) is generating more than 17 million search results.

Edge Computing Comes to ISC West

So, it should come as no surprise that at ISC West 2022, two high-tech IT companies are announcing themselves to the physical security industry. Steam IOs Kinetic Grid Platform brings both high-speed networking and cloud computing resources to establish highly affordable edge computing.

The Kinetic Grid’s site design takes into account specific geographies, population centers, and fiber routes to offer low-latency colocation and connectivity in service of first and last mile networks and nearby region. Each Kinetic Edge market becomes part of a nationwide Kinetic Grid with private fiber spins that connect across markets, offering built-in edge-to-edge capabilities.

Hypersive, An IT company whose founders have in-depth IT and physical security operations expertise and deploy experience, delivers current building management and physical security applications as a service, in the cloud, on-site, or near location using Vapor IO’s Kinetic Grid. Jeff Gelb, co-founder and CEO of Hypersive, said, “The Kinetic Network is about making edge computing more or less key, widespread, and easy to obtain.”

Hypersive’s first offering is Milestone XProtect® VMS as a service, simplifying deployments for integrators and facilitating high-performance and affordable XProtect system expansion to any website. This allows integrators and end users to focus on how best to optimize their use of XProtect VMS, without having to pay attention to deployment details, including camera licenses.

VMS server deployments, which were previously complex and took weeks and months, can now be completed in days, with high availability now possible for any website deployment regardless of its size or location.

Edge Computing Terminology

Along with the expanded architecture of the Internet for edge computing come several IT terms that, while not new, have meanings that are different from what their English terms seem to state. That will be the topic of the next one True Words or Buzzwords? article.

About the author: Ray Bernard, PSP CHS-III, is the chief consultant for Ray Bernard Consulting Services (RBCS), a company that provides security consulting services for public and private facilities ( In 2018 IFSEC Global listed Ray as # 12 in the world’s Top 30 Security Thinkers. He is the author of the book Elsevier Security Technology Convergence Convergence available on Amazon. Follow Ray on Twitter: @RayBernardRBCS.

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