Fog Computing: Enabling Real-Time Data Analysis at the IoT Level

Recently, Western Digital and theCUBE co-sponsored the “Taking the Cloud to the Edge with Fog Computing” event in San Jose, Calif., where representatives from the companies that are driving innovations around IoT gathered to discuss how fog computing is revolutionizing the way IoT data is managed and used. While the benefits of cloud computing are already well known, the concept of fog computing may be unfamiliar to many. For those in the second camp, here’s a quick primer to bring you up to speed.

Watch the replay of the event below to learn how the concept originated, how it’s being implemented and used today in pervasive technologies such as industrial IoT applications and autonomous vehicles, as well as about opportunities where fog computing can allow real-time analysis and action to occur.

The program kicked off with a keynote presentation by Flavio Bonomi, former Cisco Fellow for Fog Computing and Founder & CEO of Nebbiolo Technologies, who shared the origins of the term “fog computing” and also discussed the broad set of IoT verticals that could be completely transformed by fog computing, industrial automation challenges, and where the technology is headed.

Panelists from left to right in the left photo: Ted Connell, Director, Global Industrial Sector, Intel; Steve Madden, Senior Director Infrastructure, Equinix; Phu Hoang, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, DataTorrent; and Flavio Bonomi, Founder & CEO, Nebbiolo Technologies.

On the first panel “Digital Enactment: Data into Models, Models into Action” moderated by Wikibon Research’s Chief Research Officer Peter Burris, panelists discussed the important role data plays in business, the cycle of data capture, analysis and enactment, and why fog computing is so critical to the process. Intel’s Ted Connell emphasized just how much timeliness matters with his statement, “We think of data in half-life terms. The data has value right now. If you wait a second—literally a second—the data has a little bit of value. If you wait two seconds, it’s historical data. You can run regressions that tell you why you screwed up, but it’s not going to fix anything. If you want to do anything with your data, you gotta do it now.”

Panelists from left to right in the left photo: Sanjeev Kumar, VP Engineering, FogHorn Computing; Val Bercovici, CTO, SolidFire Group, NetApp; Janet George, Fellow & Chief Data Scientist, Western Digital; Rohan Gosain, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, MAANA; and moderator David Floyer.

Moderated by Wikibon Research’s Chief Technology Officer David Floyer, the second panel “IIoT and the Edge: Data Extraction and Translation Challenges” brought together experts to explore the unique challenges around data use in industrial IoT (IIoT) applications. In discussing wide adaptation of shifts in technology, Western Digital’s Janet George said it best, “Change does not happen because you ask somebody to change their behavior. Change happens when you show value. And people are so eager to get that value out of what you’ve shown them in real life, that they are so quick to adapt.”

Watch the full replay below to hear more from the line-up of fog computing experts.

What Do You Think?

How can fog computing benefit your organization? Are there issues or concerns the fog computing ecosystem must address before your organization will consider implementing the architecture?

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