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Unleashing India’s tech potential with edge computing

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By Shrikant Navelkar, Director, Clover Infotech

As India strives for comprehensive digital transformation, edge computing emerges as a powerful ally in enabling the country to seamlessly transition to a decentralised IT infrastructure. By enabling real-time data collection and processing, strengthening data security, and supporting decentralised infrastructure, edge computing is poised to propel India into a new era of technological innovation.

The essence of edge computing:

Edge computing represents a departure from traditional cloud computing models, bringing computational power closer to the source of data generation. Rather than relying solely on centralized cloud servers, edge computing distributes processing capabilities to the edge of the network, significantly reducing latency and enhancing real-time data processing. In a nation as diverse as India, where connectivity challenges persist in certain regions, edge computing emerges as a strategic solution to bridge the demographic and digital divide.

Here are the following ways in which edge computing empowers the IT landscape:

Reducing latency in connectivity – Traditional cloud computing relies on centralised data centres, often leading to latency issues. Edge computing brings computational resources closer to end-users, minimising latency and improving the overall performance of digital applications and services.

Enabling real-time data processing and faster decision-making – In critical industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, or automotive, real-time data processing is crucial. Edge computing allows for instant analysis of data at the source, enabling faster decision-making and response time. This is particularly valuable in scenarios where delays can have significant consequences.

Supporting IoT growth – The proliferation of IoT devices generates massive amounts of data. Edge computing facilitates the processing of this data at the device level, reducing the burden on central servers and networks. This scalability is vital for the successful deployment of IoT applications across industries.

Optimising bandwidth Usage – Edge computing minimises the need for transmitting large volumes
of raw data to centralised data centres for processing. Instead, only relevant or processed information is sent, thereby ensuring efficient network utilisation.

Empowering rural connectivity – In a country as vast as India, edge computing brings computational
capabilities closer to these remote locations, enabling the delivery of digital services even in low-
bandwidth environments. This is crucial for inclusive growth and reducing the urban-rural digital
divide.

Enhancing cybersecurity – Edge computing introduces a decentralised approach to data processing,
which inherently enhances cybersecurity. By distributing security measures across the network, it becomes more challenging for malicious actors to compromise centralised systems.

To summarise, the adoption of edge computing is not just a technological upgrade but also a strategic move to revolutionise how Indian manages and processes data. By building a more responsive and distributed digital infrastructure, we can harness the true potential of emerging technologies and drive sustainable growth in this digital era.

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