Prepare Your Edge strategy with Memory & Storage in Mind

There is huge appetite and excitement for having greater intelligence at the edge to drive insights from data where it is created. A recent study sponsored by Microsoft has revealed that 79% of enterprises currently have or will have some form of edge compute strategy. Companies are increasingly turning to the edge as a way to take the strain off their networks, make use of new service offerings and lower the costs of connecting to traditional data centres. In fact, the strategy has become so popular that Gartner predicts that by 2025 more than 50% of enterprise-managed data will be created outside of the data centre or cloud[1].

Edge is a trend that enterprises of all types are looking to build expertise in and companies are racing to develop a strategy that aligns to their move toward digitalisation. Clarity has been lost as studies and consortia seek to define edge in their own terms and according to their own market positions. The hype is running ahead of reality and the more people try to compartmentalise or define edge, the wider it becomes.

Building an edge strategy is not a sprint but a marathon

The narrative about sprinting towards the edge underscores that edge is urgently needed to improve operational performance and control costs. However, edge transformation will be more of a marathon than a short-term sprint. A narrow focus on speed, connection density and low latency, as envisioned in the hype surrounding technologies like 5G, doesn’t address how network infrastructure needs to evolve to support the IT-focused platforms and as-a-service business models that enterprises want to introduce or leverage.

Organisations will need to re-assess such critical topics as data governance, information retention and usage policies. Handling the radically increasing amount of data – IDC foresees 79 zettabytes of data being created by billions of IoT devices by 2025 – must be enhanced and streamlined.

Memory unlocks edge data value

Growth in hardware infrastructure will be driven by on-premise, AI-accelerated, low-latency systems that host edge-based platforms. However, either by hosting or aggregating streams of data, edge computing will rely on the edge appliances’ memory and storage to populate and feed applications such as artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance and other use cases.

Demands on memory technology have also increased with the growing number of CPU with multiple cores and the pressure to match next-generation bandwidth requirements. These complex systems require faster computing and automated decision-making.

However, memory bandwidth per core has been a bottleneck for faster compute solutions and so, the typical solution will be to add more dynamic RAM (DRAM) to accommodate the compute need.

Edge compute systems that need to a support machine learning inference up to GPU-level compute performance, will require high performance DRAM solutions, not just in terms of megatransfers per second (MT/s) throughput but incorporate more efficient memory bank usage and therefore improve overall effective bandwidth. For example, Micron compared our DDR4 at an equivalent data rate of 3200 MT/s vs our latest DDR5 system-level simulation which indicates an approximate performance increase of 1.36x effective bandwidth. At a higher data rate, DDR5-4800 will have an approximate performance increase of 1.87x – nearly double the bandwidth as compared to DDR4-3200.

Source: DDR5: The next step in system level performance (

With the understanding that memory along with storage and IT-readiness are essential elements of a successful edge strategy, implementation becomes less about speed and more about setting a steady, methodical pace to ensure goals are met.

To learn how memory is fuelling digital transformation by enabling IoT applications at the edge, visit:

The author of this blog is David Henderson, Director of Segment Marketing, Embedded Business Unit and Micron Technology



Aeris to acquire IoT business from Ericsson

Posted on: December 8, 2022

Ericsson and Aeris Communications, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions based in San Jose, California, have signed an agreement for the transfer of Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator and Connected Vehicle Cloud businesses.

Read more

Telenor IoT passes milestone of 20mn SIM cards

Posted on: December 8, 2022

Telenor, the global IoT provider and telecom operator, has experienced rapid growth over the last years and ranks among the top 3 IoT operators in Europe and among the top IoT operators in the world. The positive development is due to an accelerated pace of new customers combined with a successful growth of existing customers’

Read more

The IoT Adoption Boom – Everything You Need to Know

Posted on: September 28, 2022

In an age when we seem to go through technology boom after technology boom, it’s hard to imagine one sticking out. However, IoT adoption, or the Internet of Things adoption, is leading the charge to dominate the next decade’s discussion around business IT. Below, we’ll discuss the current boom, what’s driving it, where it’s going,

Read more

9 IoT applications that will change everything

Posted on: September 1, 2021

Whether you are a future-minded CEO, tech-driven CEO or IT leader, you’ve come across the term IoT before. It’s often used alongside superlatives regarding how it will revolutionize the way you work, play, and live. But is it just another buzzword, or is it the as-promised technological holy grail? The truth is that Internet of

Read more

Which IoT Platform 2021? IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide

Posted on: August 30, 2021

There are several different parts in a complete IoT solution, all of which must work together to get the result needed, write IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide – Which IoT Platform 2021? authors Robin Duke-Woolley, the CEO and Bill Ingle, a senior analyst, at Beecham Research. Figure 1 shows these parts and, although not all

Read more

CAT-M1 vs NB-IoT – examining the real differences

Posted on: June 21, 2021

As industry players look to provide the next generation of IoT connectivity, two different standards have emerged under release 13 of 3GPP – CAT-M1 and NB-IoT.

Read more

IoT and home automation: What does the future hold?

Posted on: June 10, 2020

Once a dream, home automation using iot is slowly but steadily becoming a part of daily lives around the world. In fact, it is believed that the global market for smart home automation will reach $40 billion by 2020.

Read more

5 challenges still facing the Internet of Things

Posted on: June 3, 2020

The Internet of Things (IoT) has quickly become a huge part of how people live, communicate and do business. All around the world, web-enabled devices are turning our world into a more switched-on place to live.

Read more

What is IoT?

Posted on: July 7, 2019

What is IoT Data as a new oil IoT connectivity What is IoT video So what’s IoT? The phrase ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) is officially everywhere. It constantly shows up in my Google news feed, the weekend tech supplements are waxing lyrical about it and the volume of marketing emails I receive advertising ‘smart, connected

Read more