Insights on Edge Computing to Help Keep Your MSP Business at the Top

MSP businessWith the current advances in technology, it is difficult to understand how to keep your MSP business at the top of the commercial sector. This is true, particularly with regard to the Internet of Things. Recently, numerous companies have become more receptive to the idea and reality of IoT. This advance promises to interconnect digital entities with electronic and sensory capabilities. The trend towards internetworking is inevitable.

As an MSP, it is important to know how to plan for IoT networks and implement them with efficiency to remain relevant in the tech industry. In general, the most important thing that you must consider is your strategy for handling the flow of data and information from the sensors in the interconnected devices. In addition, you must understand how to guide critical decisions such as distributing processing power, storage, and analytical engines. These are crucial resources in the successful implementation of an IoT network.

Consider the points presented on edge computing and the important role it will play as the Internet of Things is implemented in most businesses, organizations, and industries.

Understanding Edge Computing

When IoT is implemented widely, some of your MSP apps and services will remain in the cloud. However, you will need a more efficient solution for optimal performance and productivity. In simple terms, IoT will generate numerous amounts of data which cannot be effectively handled by cloud infrastructure. The popularity of the cloud can be attributed to some important advantages. The cloud is highly scalable for users, the cost of usage is considerably low and the design supports the growth of future architectures.

On the other hand, the cloud has a weakness: latency. Basically, the cloud is large and powerful but the latency issues mean that it is not effective for real-time processing. Real-time processing is crucial for the Internet of Things because two devices or other electronic elements must be able to communicate instantaneously. Also, the computing work for IoT cannot be performed at the core of networks because this would cause unnecessary stress and overload. After all, the cloud was invented to relieve the core from the heavy processing loads.

This is where edge computing becomes useful for your MSP business and other commercial operations. Edge computing involves processing data at the network’s edge. The edge can be defined as the computer infrastructure which is installed close to the sources of the data crucial to the IoT implementation. Processing data in the edge ensures optimal operational power and efficiency for real-time communication between devices. As IoT gains more popularity, numerous micro data centers will need to be set up at the edge to accomplish the necessary fast processing and analytics.

Edge computing will be crucial in ensuring that the true Internet of Things is realized. It will help in ensuring that the computer networks can accommodate the requirements of IoT. In the future, the commercial networks will consist of three crucial elements: the core IT network, the cloud and the edge.

The Cloud in an IoT World

As mentioned, the edge will be crucial in the adoption IoT in the areas where real-time decisions by the machines are crucial. However, this does not mean that your cloud infrastructure will become obsolete. This computing element will be essential in supporting other important applications and processes. For example, the cloud can handle the huge volumes of information and data which will be generated by the IoT sensors without the need for immediate action. After all, the cloud is scalable and flexible in terms of volume and capacity. Analysts can use their resources to check out the data and take note of the general trends and patterns of the IoT implementations. Consequently, maintenance, management, and security of the Internet of Things will be easier to execute.

When you understand the Internet of Things, you can learn about your potential in the MSP business. Advanced IT engineers and technicians have numerous opportunities, including setting up edge infrastructure, maintaining the micro data centers and promoting security for businesses.

Bill Hogan

Bill Hogan is President of Partners Plus. A fast growing IT Support firm based in the Philadelphia area. Bill has been helping make life with business computers easier since 1981. His education as an Electrical Engineer at Penn State started a dual approach toward gaining expertise in both programming and computer networks. In 1991 he formed Partners Plus, Inc., to provide managed IT services to companies in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, based on being a business operations ally and understanding the need to speak to company leaders in plain English rather than ‘techno-babble’. And while others tend to focus their attention on the mechanical components of a computer system, Bill and his staff take a more global approach - how a network can be best used as an integral, reliable asset to the business owner’s goals. In 2007, after years of frustration with the sub-standard services he saw during network audits, Bill published “Hassle Free Computer Support” to educate business owners with the information they need to get superior technical support for their businesses A firm believer in keeping current with advances in technology and processes, Bill lead Partners Plus to become a Microsoft Certified Partner in 1998 and a Gold Certified Partner in 2008. And, Partners Plus Inc. has been selected by Microsoft as being in the top 1% of Partners serving the Small and Medium Business Market on the East Coast. Bill is internationally certified in Network Operations and is certified by Microsoft in project management and multiple Microsoft technologies. He also held the position of representative for the Mid-Atlantic region on Microsoft’s Advisory Board which manages all Microsoft Small Business certified partners. Partners Plus provides managed it services to clients in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley and helps them choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. Partners Plus’ pro-active approach to IT support is ideally suited for companies in Wilmington, Delaware or Philadelphia who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don’t want to spend a lot of money to keep your IT services in Delaware that way. Partners Plus clients have come to appreciate the Partners Plus team focus on operations and the ability to get the core of problems quickly, and the knowledge of how to resolve issues as quickly as possible. With the institution of the Partners Plus Protection Program, the company can now monitor, identify and resolve many network issues in minutes without coming onsite.