Gartner predicts that by 2029 more than 15 billion IoT devices will connect to enterprise infrastructure. Many of these devices will operate outside of the centralized enterprise network, in satellite offices, manufacturing facilities, retail stores, and other remote locations. These remote – or edge – IoT devices need a secure and reliable way to connect to cloud resources and applications.
A cloud edge gateway is a hardware or software solution used to connect edge devices to the cloud. Some edge gateways are also routers that connect the edge location’s network to the WAN (wide area network) or SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network). In addition, many cloud edge gateway solutions also provide management access to connected devices, so administrators can remotely monitor and control edge infrastructure.
Some popular use cases for cloud edge gateways include:
Retail stores: Cloud edge gateways give retail stores a fast and secure connection for POS (point of sale) terminals, credit card readers, and security cameras. Remote health facilities: Hospitals and clinics in remote areas use cloud edge gateways to securely and reliably transmit health data from IoT medical devices. Police/emergency response vehicles: Cloud edge