Digital infrastructure does not just reside in central datacenters. It includes the assets in what is known as "edge" locations: network points of presence, buildings, campuses, and metro colocation facilities that deliver enhanced customer experiences, embed intelligence into business operations, and support ongoing industry innovations.
Investment in edge use cases and solutions that include emerging technology, such as IoT, AI, and 5G networks, are accelerating as hardware, software, services, and communications evolve and mature. As a result, edge computing has become a top priority for C-suite executives and is critical to the success of strategic business objectives. The demand for edge solutions has created a competitive market with growth opportunities for OEMs, ISVs, service providers, and other suppliers — many of whom will need to form partnerships and alliances in order to satisfy all requirements.
IDC's EdgeView 2022: Standard is intended to aid technology organizations, hardware vendors, software developers, services suppliers, and investors better understand the buying intentions of their customers, helping devise strategies and solutions that address current and emerging use cases for technology and workloads at the edge. This includes outlining the primary motivations for deploying infrastructure and applications closer to where data is generated and consumed, exploring such aspects as latency, cost, resiliency, security, and compliance.