The IT industry loves a new paradigm. It provides the opportunity to discuss innovative technology while introducing a whole range of existing products and services in totally new ways. The latest paradigm is Edge Computing. Analysts describe Edge as the way to move data processing nearer the business, connecting millions of IoT devices, placing containers of equipment in fields all enabled with the speed of 5G networks.
This high-level description ignores the fact that highly-distributed computing has been around for decades. Edge is just a lot more distributed, more mission critical, more connected and smarter.