Edge computing is a distributed information technology (IT) architecture in which client data is processed at the periphery of the network, as close to the originating source as possible. This type of infrastructure requires a Micro Datacenter in a closed server rack solution - such as the MatrixCube or MiniCube of Legrand/Minkels - with integrated fire suppression of EXXFIRE on site.
The move toward edge computing is driven by mobile computing, the decreasing cost of computer components and the sheer number of networked devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). Depending on the implementation, time-sensitive data in an edge computing architecture may be processed at the point of origin by an intelligent device or sent to an intermediary server located in close geographical proximity to the client. Data that is less time sensitive is sent to the cloud for historical analysis, big data analytics and long-term storage.