Data production and processing are changing course

Over the last several decades, there has been a gradual kind of tug of war between centralized computing models and decentralized models. Initially, there was a centralized mainframe computing model, the leading form of computing in the middle of the 20th century. That gave a boost to the more distributed client-server model. In recent years, with the popularity of the cloud, the pendulum swung back in the direction of centralized computing.

Now, the pendulum seems to be reversing course with the increasing popularity of edge computing. Gartner expects as many as three-quarters of enterprise companies will produce and process data outside of conventional data centers by 2025. Lakshmi Mandyam, who is the vice president of product management in VMware’s edge and IoT division, said that before we were moving the data and information to where the processing was taking place. He also added that processing is moving to where the data is happening is what we see as the edge paradigm.

Replicating this trend, many IoT software vendors are concurrently supplementing their public cloud software with increasing private-cloud-based or on-premise offerings.

VMware is the latest to do so with it’s up to date IoT device management platform, known as VMware Pulse IoT Center 2.0. The platform will support and complement the previous software-as-as-service version of the software. Mandyam said that some customers could persist in deploying in a SaaS model, whereas some of them want to have an on-prem platform that will be able to deploy in their edge compute or existing enterprise data center, for reasons unmentioned.