This IDC Market Perspective presents an alternative classification for edge computing platforms and edge services based on the edge data flow functions of the deployment. Edge computing is one of the most consequential investments in the industry today. Content streaming providers partner with communications service providers and invest in the edge to provide consistent service quality globally. Cloud service providers invest in the edge to extend the purview of their public cloud service to the customer's edge. It enables its customers to create a consistent data fabric from the core to edge to endpoint. Enterprises seek to invest in the edge as a part of their digital transformation journey.

"A data flow function-based classification system presents a new way of classifying the plumbing behind a digital, public cloud, or content delivery service," said Deepak Mohan, research director, Cloud Infrastructure Services at IDC. "Data flow function-based approaches fit well with enterprise and service provider edge strategies of a form-to-fit device deployment," said Dave McCarthy, research director, Edge Strategies at IDC.



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