What is Thin Edge?
What is the Thin Edge?
The “thin edge” is defined by an architecture where data from devices are collected and transmitted for centralized processing. One outcome of an increasingly connected world is an ever-increasing volume of data being generated by machines, devices, and other assets. The sheer volume of these data can represent a major liability or a major advantage to businesses. Leverage data wisely, and you can improve business outcomes via innovations like predictive maintenance. Collapse under the full weight of modern data streams, however, and the economic and logistic consequences can spiral.
Edge architectures—and how they are applied in their different implementations—can be the critical difference between failure and success.
Examples include asset tracking via low-powered sensors—for instance, those providing humidity or vibration monitoring—or other network-centric components. The collected data are then sent to be processed at a location away from the sensors that provided the data in the first place.
Why use Thin Edge?
Connecting edge devices to IoT platforms can be hard. And the process is prone to security risks, ecosystem lock-in, burdensome development costs, and issues related to rapid scaling.
As a result, business leaders are empowering product developers to implement thin edge deployments in order to: speed up embedded software development cycles, re-use code, reach deeper into data for analytics, and improve security via encryption, authentication, tamper intrusion protection, and more.
Thin edge allows organizations to deliver edge use cases that need to operate within the constraints of a small memory footprint, low compute power, and anticipated cloud communication issues. Thin edge not only increases the speed and flexibility of organizations implementing IoT projects at the edge, but enables them to leverage the device management features of an IoT platform—including OTA (over-the-air) software management on a broad range of devices, such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs), protocol gateways, and devices.
Thin edge is lightweight and modular, and provides new or current devices with an easy, rapid way to connect to established systems. The benefits of this approach include:
In addition, thin edge removes the complexity of keeping software, and apps updated and in the field. That’s because its architecture offers strong security and reliability for devices in live operational environments. It also increases speed to market when implemented wisely.
The main characteristics that allow this are:
Who uses Thin Edge?
There are numerous use cases for thin edge deployments across many industries and customer types. The following are a few examples:
Benefits of thin edge
Thin edge is powerful at:
It’s quick, light, low-cost, and highly secure.
Cumulocity through thick and thin
Whether you need real-time data from thick, thin, or any mix along the spectrum of edge computing deployments, Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT platform is enterprise scale and built for the future so that you can do more with IoT. But don’t just take it from us: Forrester demonstrated that the Cumulocity IoT platform provided 339% ROI and $8.1 million in business benefits in three years—with payback in less than one.
We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about which models of deployment work best in a variety of situations, and can help you get start building your Internet of Things, edge solution in minutes. We’re also considered experts at the thin edge—taking top score in MachNation’s in-depth analysis of 12 IoT edge vendors.
So let us show you how to get at the thin edge to do ultra-fast analytics, deploy IoT in new places with limited network connectivity, and cut infrastructure costs.