TECH SUPPLIER May 2022 - Taxonomy - Doc # US46444421

IDC's Worldwide Edge Taxonomy, 2022


Dave McCarthy
Jennifer Cooke

This IDC study describes the framework by which IDC describes and forecasts the worldwide edge IT markets. IDC's 2022 edge taxonomy is designed to establish a common understanding of the concepts of edge, core, and endpoints as they relate to IT service locations. As new technologies and services enter the market, a common understanding of the edge market definitions is important to both IT buyers and IT providers. For IT buyers, understanding the market segments is helpful in developing an effective core and edge IT strategy. For IT providers, having a common framework and language is essential in understanding and connecting with IT buyers and participating in the broad distributed IT ecosystem.

This document addresses the following questions:

  • What and where is the edge?
  • What is the difference between provisioned, professional, and managed edge services?

"The edge IT market is evolving to support the infusion of digital technologies into all aspects of business and communities. Establishing a common understanding of edge technology and services offerings is essential as providers and end users align edge needs with resources," said Jennifer Cooke, research director, Edge Strategies at IDC.


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