When the first smartphones were introduced, the full potential was only realized when developers of all stripes—across industries and time zones—could harness the power of code to solve old challenges and pursue new opportunities.

At that moment, the real innovation began to occur.

A similar phenomenon is happening today at large companies as business leaders begin to learn how edge infrastructure can bring cloud computing closer to where they need it.

With edge infrastructure, gaming companies can provide immersive experiences to devices with limited processing power by streaming the content from game servers. Hospitals use edge servers to receive and analyze inbound data from wearables so doctors tracking vital signs of patients in real-time can intervene when abnormalities occur.

In this first installment of a three-part series about advances in edge computing, we explore why cloud computing is moving closer to the edge and how AWS is creating the technology to extend the cloud to wherever businesses want it.