Between the cloud and the corporate data center, there is fog computing

As cloud computing and the Internet of Things have taken hold of corporate imaginations, there is an underlying assumption that they will bring about a lot of devices feeding raw data to centralized enterprise or cloud-based data centers for storage and analysis. Thus, there have been concerns about how quickly enterprises and cloud companies can build or rent massive amounts of horsepower and storage to handle these growing workloads.

A new consortium, however, thinks things will fall out differently. Rather than devices generating tons of data that are sent to centralized locations, the data will be handled and applications run on the network somewhere, in a highly distributed manner — as “fog computing,” which may be anywhere along the spectrum of centralized data centers, edge of network, or somewhere in between.

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