What Will 2021 Hold In Store For Edge Computing?

Enterprise leaders predict that edge computing and the complimenting 5G network services will see significant growth in the coming year

CIOs predict that edge computing services will observe very strong growth in 2021 as major cloud service providers have accelerated the deployment of edge servers in domestic markets. This has been further boosted by telecom providers increasing the deployment of 5G services.

Contrary to initial belief, the pandemic has helped accelerate the digital transformation journey for most of the IT industry. It is predicted that the pandemic will have a major impact on operational and workforce practices, and these will be the major accelerator for the majority of the edge-based investments and business model changes in the coming years.

CIOs say that enterprises prefer edge computing as it has benefits like the ability to resolve critical challenges of latency, resiliency, bandwidth, and data sovereignty. The tech is also complementary to the hybrid computing model, which allows the use of centralized computing to be utilized in compute-intensive workloads, and edge computing helps satisfy the demands of workloads that need processing in real-time.

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When data infrastructure, data resources, and applications are moved to the edge, it enables a faster response to business requirements, higher business scaling, effective long-time resilience, and better flexibility.

Leaders believe that edge computing has increasingly become the primary consideration for organizations describing new cloud-fueled services and products to exploit storage, security capabilities, and local processing at the edge of the network via billions of edge devices.

Edge and cloud providers will explore collaborations

Enterprise leaders predict that organizations will better their business agility by combining edge data with applications developed on cloud platforms in the next few years. This move will need partnerships across communication and cloud service providers, with some existing collaborations between major public cloud service providers and wireless carriers.

As per leaders, enterprises can use the systems to ensure real-time analytics have already started to expand beyond conventional deployment locations and data centers. Computing platforms and devices nearer to end-users and/or co-located with real-world systems will become highly critical components in the IT world. Such edge computing strategy will be a segment of a bigger computing fabric with on-premise locations and public cloud services.

Additionally, in the above scenario, cloud platforms enable big data computing, and edge serves immediacy.

2021_ET_What can we expect in 2021 for edge computing__Sandeep_Soni_MN_04012021Sandeep Soni, GM & Vice President of Engineering, India Operations, Clumio, says, “Many organizations will take on public cloud as it has the advantages of optimum speed, outstanding control, and enhanced security. We’ll also see the rise of edge computing. With the edge innovation market heating up, buyers will transform their cloud strategies toward edge computing to harvest the innovation and become more connected. Lastly, we will witness many of us working on virtual cloud desktops. It is basically where the complete environment of our workstation is delivered as a managed cloud service to our desktop or laptop screen where we work. In a nutshell, cloud trends will continue to show an upward graph, and cloud will play a crucial role in innovation and technological transformation in the coming years.”

Improved data security

CIOs say that data efficiency will be better at the Edge, compared to the cloud, helping reduce data and internet costs. User experience has already been improved by the extra layer of security present in edge computing. It is not dependent on a single point of storage or application, but distributes processes across various devices.

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More CISOs will consider edge-based answers as enterprises embrace DevSecOps and adopt a “design for security” approach. It will be more particularly observed in areas where cloud platforms are insufficient to provide enough resiliency or security to ensure business continuity and services needed by autonomous solutions.

IT leaders, however, are wary of the relatively less maturity level of edge monitoring and management systems. Thus any edge fueled security solution or component implemented in the next few months will be revised and reanalyzed in the next two years.

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Megana Natarajan is a Global News Correspondent with OnDOt Media. She has experience in content creation and has previously created content for agriculture, travel, fashion, energy and markets. She has 3.9 years’ experience as a SAP consultant and is an Engineering graduate.