What Is Fog Computing? 

There’s a lot of haze and fogginess, pun intended, that veils the tech term, fog computing. In today’s post, we intend to adjust and sharpen that focus. Fog computing, also known as fogging or fog networking, is a term that comes from the commonly known conglomerate Cisco. Cisco is a multi-industry technology company. They produce and sell advanced tech services and products. 

Fog computing in simple terms is a data processing and filtering infrastructure. It functions as a complementary alternative to cloud computing. The main difference between these two distinct infrastructures is the location of the stored data. Cloud computing houses data in a centralized location known as the cloud. On the other hand, fog networking houses its data in decentralized computing infrastructure. An architecture that sits closer to the device where the actual data is coming from. Making the transfer of information much faster, and more efficient than cloud computing alone. 

To give you a clear perspective, fog computing, like actual mist, sits close to the ground, or data center, where the data comes from. The data is much closer to the layer of fog computing thus can be processed faster and with less latency. 

Fog Computing vs. Edge Computing – Which is Better?

It depends on the kind of data that you are storing. Data typically originates from data centers – whether colocated or on-premise. This raw data is sent to the cloud for processing and filtering. But, before data hits the cloud, it is first enabled and processed by edge and fog computing. 

Edge computing happens right on the edge of where the data originates. It’s in relative proximity to the trafficked source, allowing for every piece of data to be transferred directly to the cloud. However, not every piece of data needs to be processed and stored. With edge computing you are not able to set parameters. This can be problematic when transferring large amounts of complex data, such as videos and images.

Fog computing allows you to filter out irrelevant data and set your preferred parameters. It’s a much more sophisticated computing architecture. 

When to Use Fog Computing Versus Other Types of Data Storage?

The global pandemic came with the wrath of unforeseen challenges. The mountainous level of crisis and its natural impact has caused unprecedented anxiety, unpredictability, and fear, a fear that is palpable across the globe. Living in what seems like the perpetual presence of panic has triggered people on a mass level to stay inside. Even after the required social isolation policies that disrupted work and family routines were rescinded. People have found comfort in their homes and their phones. The way humans experience, prefer, and use reality is massively shifting to a virtual space. The social impact of virtual reality and its associated technologies is one of global magnitude and impact.

Metaverse and Fog Computing – Innovative Heights

Metaverse, a once technological niched space that sat only within the edges of specific tech communities, has found itself at the vanguard of our not-to-distant future. Virtual reality is no longer a thing relegated to marginal tech communities. It is spreading across our globe like wildfire. The implications of this societal disruption on the advancement of fog computing are limitless. According to datareportal.com, “a total of 5 billion people around the world use the internet today-equivalent to 63 percent of the world’s total population.” Out of this number, as of 2018, there are 171 million VR users worldwide. 

The New Frontier – Fog Computing

That’s a lot of data usage, ideal for fog computing. The last thing you want in an artificial environment is latency. When the user’s body movements are not synchronized with what is happening in the virtual space, it can cause adverse physical effects. Aside from making the user physically ill, it can also have a very negative emotional impact. Humans like to see things symmetrically. Symmetry is soothing and something that is encoded into our psyches. It is the way in which we make sense of things. The closer alternate reality can simulate and coincide with the movement of actual reality, the better the experience. We have globally stepped into a new frontier. One that requires a new height of cloud computing, fog computing. It not only processes data quickly and efficiently, but it also does it in the most sustainable way possible.