It’s increasingly clear that edge computing is now center-stage for forward-looking organizations considering their digital strategies. According to IDC research, 73% of C-suite respondents now view edge as a strategic investment, and by 2024 there will be an 800% increase in the number of applications at the edge. As a consequence, IDC also project that by 2024, over 50% of new enterprise IT structures will be at the edge rather than in corporate data centers – up from less than 10% today
What’s Driving the Uptake of Edge Solutions?
Edge computing can enhance and expand digital and physical interactions at the physical location where things and people interconnect with the networked digital world.
Organizations building a comprehensive digital transformation strategy are finding that edge computing can expand their use of digital information to help them make faster and better decisions. Edge computing brings computation and storage closer to the devices that generate data, empowering them to obtain real-time market insights quickly and efficiently from deep edge sources and engagements. Being able to quickly acquire, analyze and act on these insights can help transform operations or create richer, personalized customer experiences or drive business differentiation and growth opportunities.
Why SD-WAN is the Springboard for Innovation?
For many edge use cases, roundtrip latency is critical. Consider IOT and Smart City, for which near real-time business logic and analytics require latency of less than a couple of milliseconds. Edge services have a strong dependency upon the wide area network (WAN) to deliver the low latency, predictability and high performance that these next generation of applications require.
An agile network based on SD-WAN is the way to deliver on edge services’ promise. SD-WAN easily extends its benefits of centralized policies for routing, traffic thresholds, security and access to edge deployments. SD-WAN can also enhance the performance of edge applications through real-time analytics of bandwidth requirements. It’s no surprise that over 82% of enterprises plan to migrate existing WAN/network connections to an SD-WAN alternative (see Figure 1).