Be Prepared for Foggy Computing

October 31, 2016

Cloud computing allows users to access their files or hard drive from multiple devices at multiple locations.  Fog computing, on the other hand, is something else entirely.  Fog computing is the latest buzzword in the tech world and pretty soon it will be in the lexicon.  If you are unfamiliar with fog computing, read Forbes’s article, “What Is Fog Computing? And Why It Matters In Our Big Data And IoT World.”

According to the article, smartphones are “smart” because they receive and share information with the cloud.  The biggest problem with cloud computing is bandwidth, slow Internet speeds.  The United States is 35th in the world for bandwidth speed, which is contrary to the belief that it is the most advanced country in the world.  Demand for faster speeds increases every day.  Fog computing also known as edge computing seeks to resolve the problem by grounding data.  How does one “ground” data?

What if the laptop could download software updates and then share them with the phones and tablets? Instead of using precious (and slow) bandwidth for each device to individually download the updates from the cloud, they could utilize the computing power all around us and communicate internally.

Fog computing makes accessing data faster, more efficient, and more reliably from a local area rather than routing to the cloud and back.  IBM and Cisco Systems are developing projects that would push computing to more local areas, such as a router, devices, and sensors.

Considering that there are security issues with housing data on a third party’s digital storage unit, it would be better to locate a more local solution.  Kind of like back in the old days, when people housed their data on CPUs.

Whitney Grace, October 31, 2016
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