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Cloud and Edge

Cloud servers for edge applications can unlock the vast potential of industries that rely upon digital connectivity. The processing power of cloud computing and the fast response times of edge networks can connect and automate city infrastructure, deliver immersive content, and bring data-driven strategies to farming, among other diverse use cases. Dive in to understand how cloud deployment over edge data centers can elevate the performance of these applications.

Next-Gen Cloud And Edge Applications

Smart Cities

Governments are actively incorporating technologies like IoT and AI into city management. Areas of application include traffic monitoring, transportation of goods, essential services, public safety, and emergency response. Cloud server solutions for edge applications ensure the efficient functioning of these technologies.

In the initial phase of IoT integration with city infrastructure, data was collected from IoT-enabled smart devices distributed through the city and sent to a central server for processing. Useful information and insights were extracted from the raw data for smart decision-making. While this system works, the long path for information flow does not support time-sensitive or real-time action. It also places a heavy computational burden on the central server, leading to instability in workload management. In addition, the central system will need constant upgrades as a city grows in population and could be more susceptible to security threats.

With cloud computing embedded within edge solutions, hurdles around response times, computing, system upgrades, and security can be addressed. Cloud server solutions for edge applications are designed for compact spaces, fast processing, and high bandwidth communication, to combat the challenges posed by traditional Smart City infrastructures. For instance, GIGABYTE’s E-series servers are compatible with edge cloud systems that communicate over a 5G network. They have a minimal footprint and support various network virtualization software, thus meeting the performance and near-zero latency requirements of Smart City networks.

Gaming and Entertainment

Modern gaming requires high-quality graphic rendering on the user’s device for an immersive gaming experience. This heavy graphic workload may stress the user equipment, causing overheating and deprecating component lifetime. On the other hand, streaming services rely on high-bandwidth video transmission from a data centre to the end user in real time. When high-quality videos are streamed by users over the internet, they can often lag, adversely affecting the viewing experience. These unique challenges of gaming and entertainment services can be resolved with edge and cloud computing.

With edge and cloud solutions, graphic rendering for gaming can be offloaded to the edge network, which has higher computing performance than the user device. Furthermore, the placement of the network close to the user allows for real-time transmission of high-quality content that creates a lag-free experience for both gaming and streaming. For better speed, frequently demanded content in a particular geographical location can be cached locally in the edge network. Additionally, each edge server on the network can be scaled based on the number of users and usage statistics. Thus, cloud and edge computing can be leveraged to create an efficient and custom-scalable entertainment ecosystem that provides a glitch-free, engaging experience.

To deploy such sophisticated edge and cloud infrastructures, gaming and entertainment providers need reliable technology frameworks. For instance, Arm’s Neoverse processors cover all aspects of content delivery – caching, encoding, and streaming with optimal performance that keeps up with varying workloads.

Agriculture

In recent years, climate change and unpredictable weather conditions have incurred massive losses in the farming industry. Additionally, the limited availability of crucial resources like land, water and skilled personnel has further restricted the production capacity of farms. Therefore, to meet the world’s growing demand for agricultural products, it is vital to assimilate cloud and edge technology in agriculture.

IoT-based sensing and monitoring systems can track real-time parameters like sunlight, rainfall, temperature, humidity, and soil moisture that govern crop health. The data collected at the farm front end can then be transmitted to an edge server for further processing and analysis. Edge-based data analysis can be utilized to determine short-term emergency measures like protecting crops from imminent rainfall or for future planning like crop selection based on weather patterns. In addition to sensing, control systems on edge networks can automate regular tasks like irrigation and sun exposure. With time, the large data sets collected can be leveraged by Big Data analysis to devise long-term strategies to boost the farm’s production capacity.

GIGABYTE offers a complete Smart Agriculture solution as its Zigbee-inclusive IoT Gateway system. This system comprises a networked edge server, control boards with environmental sensors, and its front-end component – IoT ECO Box. Agriculturists can interface with this system using an electronic device and even monitor the systems using real-time video for effective farm management.

Conclusion

At Pursuit, we offer a reliable and efficient edge solution with cloud capability, that can deliver high performance while minimising capital expenditures. Our systems function with stability under varying workloads and weather conditions and are compliant with industrial standards. They also support a range of software stacks suited to your application, enabling you to set up your system and kickstart operations swiftly.