If you’ve only just come to terms with cloud computing, here comes the next thing: fog computing.
“Fog computing is the necessary next stage on from cloud computing,” says Vikram Kumar, the chief executive of KotahiNet. “It is where the edge of networks become intelligent and autonomous.”
Fog computing has the features of cloud computing, such as data, computing, storage and applications. But instead of concentrating resources in a data centre, fog moves them closer to where they are used. At times, it can mean putting computing resources in locations well beyond the reach of traditional networks. It turns out this is an ideal way of dealing with the Internet of Things (IoT).