What is an edge appliance?
Edge appliances or devices are the gateways into and out of a private mobile network (PMN). They may include routers, routing switches, integrated access devices (IADs), WAN access devices, multiplexers, etc. They function as a gateway or a data processing unit.
What do edge appliances do?
Edge appliances connect multiple devices on the PMN to a backbone network, a carrier network, or a local area network. They also translate from one network protocol to another. They are typically on-site, bringing computing capacity closer to data sources. They were created, in part, to manage the enormous amount of traffic generated by Internet of Things (IoT) devices generated by end user devices.
What are the benefits of edge appliances?
Edge appliances keep data on-site. They reduce latency and increase control, security, reliability, and bandwidth with less reliance on third-party services.