This IDC Perspective explores the motivations behind the push for edge computing, what constitutes an edge solution, and how it is deployed. Businesses of all types are recognizing that a centralized computing model is not effective in all situations. Despite datacenter modernization and cloud migration efforts, there are situations where it is desirable to move processing closer to where the data is being generated.
"Edge computing represents the next wave of infrastructure modernization," said Dave McCarthy, research director, Edge Strategies at IDC. "The distributed nature of edge computing creates more flexibility in deployment architectures, achieves faster response times to rapidly changing conditions, and addresses many of scalability problems associated with IoT use cases."