More things are being pushed to the edge. Think of the edge as the space between the cloud and whatever device or system is tossing off data.

The idea is to do most of the processing at the edge, close to where the data is produced. This approach, called edge computing, provides a much better response time, because there’s no need to send the data back to a central cloud-based data-storage system where it’s processed and then returned all the way back to the device.

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Edge computing is very useful. Which is why most enterprises are sold on the concept. I’m seeing interest in edge computing move from proofs of concepts to production. However, it’s not a substitute for a good architectural approach and old-fashioned pragmatism. Which is why I’m also seeing huge mistakes being made—mistakes that are avoidable. Here are two common mistakes to avoid.

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