More than half of business use or plan to utilise edge computing

A hospital monitor.

Edge computing adoption is picking up, with 54% of organisations either utilising or planning to utilise edge computing technologies within the next year. 

Another 30% have plans to evaluate edge deployments over the next 12 to 24 months.

These details were unveiled in the 2021 IoT and Edge Commercial Adoption Survey report compiled by the Eclipse Foundation, one of the world’s largest open source foundations.

IoT technologies are being adopted at an accelerated rate. 47% of respondents currently deploy IoT solutions and an additional 39% plan to deploy within the next 12 to 24 months.

Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, said: “IoT and edge computing technologies go hand-in-hand and these survey results tell a clear and compelling story.

“Real-world adoption is accelerating in both domains and open source is firmly established in production deployments across a range of industrial use cases.”

74% of organisations factor open source into their deployment plans, a 14% increase over the 2019 survey. This suggests that the dominant IoT & Edge platforms will either be open source or based on open source.

The study found that the top three IoT and edge operational challenges are: 1) End-to-end IoT solution monitoring and management; 2) Device management; and 3) Security (network/devices/data).

There is a trend towards a hybrid cloud strategy. 44% of respondents suggested that their IoT deployments are using, or will use, a hybrid cloud (i.e. composed of two or more distinct cloud infrastructures such as private and public), an increase from 22% in 2019.

Deb Bryant, senior director, Open Source Program Office, Red Hat, said: “The survey results showcase that the number of organizations incorporating open source technologies into their deployment plans has increased each year. Those looking to grow and evolve their organisation should seriously consider integrating open source or open source-based IoT and edge platforms into their deployment plans.”

Nicola La Gloria, CTO at Kynetics, said: “Edge computing’s architectures definition and successive implementation is one of the most challenging areas I can personally think of nowadays. Sometimes it takes a lot of time just to understand why you need it.”

The Eclipse Foundation surveyed more than 300 IoT and edge professionals from January 12 to March 15, 2021.

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