Edge computing is getting a great deal of attention now, and for good reason. Cloud architecture requires that some processing be placed closest to the point of data consumption. Think computing systems in your car, industrial robots, and now full-blown connected mini clouds such as Microsoft’s Stack and AWS’s Outpost, certainly all examples of edge computing.

The architectural approach to edge computing—and IoT (Internet of Things), for that matter—is the creation of edge computing replicants in the public clouds. You can think of these as clones of what exists on the edge computing device or platform, allowing you to sync changes and manage configurations on “the edge” centrally.

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