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Storage at the edge is a single component of a larger set of storage strategies for backing up and preserving valuable data. Storage at the edge has to do with connecting and backing up devices that are more portable or used in the field, such as small tablets or notebook computers, as well as digital cameras and similar devices.
Storage at the edge is also known as edge storage.
Some types of storage at the edge may also be called local storage or onboard recording. In this case, a portable or mobile device such as a camera or hand-held tablet may use an SD card to carry data to something that’s connected to a network, where comprehensive backup can occur. Other strategies involve cradling or backup charging, where a mobile device may be attached to a fixed workstation or other network-connected device in order to either transmit data, repower the portable device, or both.
The idea of storage at the edge is part of a larger philosophy on data, where a broader array of information is considered valuable and worthy of data backup strategies. Where mobile device data used to be more transient and vulnerable to loss, new, comprehensive data security plans may have specific components that are labeled storage at the edge in order to make sure that those carrying these portable devices are not exposing valuable data to loss, and that they follow specific protocols for backing up this data. It’s part of a trend toward much tighter data management, not just for business process support, but for ongoing business intelligence gathering and protection from some kinds of liability.