In 2019 and 2020, edge computing received a lot of attention because most centralized cloud computing challenges involve latency issues that are difficult to mediate. You can tell the cloud providers to build points of presence closer to your users—and new points of presence continue to show up all the time and all over the world—but latency continues to be a common problem. Why?

A better question is, what’s not happening? New edge computing projects tend to stick processing and data collection closer to the sources and users of the data. However, architects need to do so in a way that is scalable and manageable. Operated individually, the number of edge systems under management will have a clear tipping point where operations and security can not keep up with the complexity of thousands of edge-based systems. The focus must shift from operating each edge-based system individually to setting up management and configuration systems for the whole. 

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