What is Software Defined Edge
Software Defined Edge can be broken down into two elements:
Edge computing is a method of networking, in which certain processes, such as storage and processing – which most businesses deploy via the cloud – are performed closer to the devices that require them. This is done to improve response time whilst saving bandwidth. It is also done to put less pressure on the cloud or data center.
Software defined represents a new way of thinking, in which computer solutions are derived from software changes, rather than hardware. In the past, computer functionality depended largely on the hardware of each device; it now rests on the functionality of software. In general terms, this places much less emphasis on keeping hardware up to date. This is done via virtualization – the practice of creating a virtual version of a device, rather than a physical one – allowing for a series of hardware-thing devices to emulate a virtual system.
When combined, the two concepts form Software Defined Edge: the software-based virtualization of multiple edge devices.