Evolution of Edge: Top trends driving the technology in 2021

Edge computing is here to stay. In fact, IDC estimates the number of connected devices will reach 55.7 billion by 2025. But before diving into how I expect edge to evolve in the upcoming year, I want to share how I define the technology:

What is edge computing? In simple terms, it is processing, analyzing and acting on data where it is created and actions are taken. Where is it being created? Locations that are out of the cloud or the main data center – warehouses, stores,...

Jeff Ready, CEO, Scale Computing: On the evolution, use cases, and tailwinds of edge

There is a long-standing joke around edge computing and driverless cars. Back in 2019 Mike Fay, then of Dell but now at Amazon Web Services (AWS), told an audience at the IoT Tech Expo event: "If an autonomous car is driving and a deer runs out, you can't send those calculations to the cloud. If you do, you're having venison for dinner."

The need for lower latency to enable the types of computation required for edge use cases has never been more apparent. Jeff Ready,...

End-to-end network software provider Mavenir launches MEC solution

Mavenir, an end-to-end network software and systems integration provider for 4G and 5G, has launched a MEC (Multi-Access Edge Computing) solution.

MEC enables carriers to securely open their Radio Access Network (RAN) edge to authorised third-parties while providing the flexibility required for application and service innovation.

Applications running at the edge can use MEC to access content and real-time information under local-access network conditions.

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Litmus and Google Cloud establish industrial edge partnership

Edge computing firm Litmus has established a partnership with Google Cloud for industrial applications.

Litmus Edge, the company’s flagship platform, will enable customers to gather industrial data from their assets and have it readily available in Google Cloud.

John Younes, Co-founder and COO of Litmus, said:

“Litmus Edge is a modern edge platform, purpose-built for industry and to bridge factory floors to the Cloud, so this partnership with Google...

Eclipse Foundation IoT developer survey: Edge analysis and highlights

The Eclipse Foundation's latest IoT developer survey has explored edge computing trends for the first time - with interesting results.

The study, which polled more than 1650 respondents from various industries and organisations, is also aimed at improving the foundation's Edge Native Working Group, looking at delivering open source edge platforms.

Artificial intelligence was reported as the most frequent edge workload, cited by 30% of those polled. Control logic (29%),...

Verizon and Microsoft partner up to accelerate 5G edge computing

Verizon has inked a partnership with Microsoft to help accelerate the deployment of 5G edge applications.

The carrier will integrate Azure edge services into its onsite 5G Edge network to enable ultra-low latency. Verizon and Microsoft’s collaboration aims to open up new possibilities in areas like augmented/virtual reality, computer vision, and digital twins.

“We have built a network that provides real-world, 5G-enabled solutions today,” said Rima Qureshi, EVP and...

Cloud vendors will take two thirds of edge service revenue, report predicts

The edge computing opportunity is an enticing one for cloud providers, telecoms operators, as well as enterprises. Yet according to a new market analysis, as much as two thirds of service revenue will fall to the cloud players.

The Edge Computing 2020 report, from analyst firm Mobile Experts, anticipates the global market for edge computing services to grow to approximately $7 billion in 2025. This makes for an interesting comparison with Frost & Sullivan, who assesses the...

Cloud gaming, V2X communications and Industrial IoT biggest use cases for edge development

Edge computing is being spoken of more and more – but predominantly from the hardware side. What does it mean from a software and development standpoint?

According to new research from MobiledgeX, multi-player and cloud gaming, V2X communications and Industrial IoT are the most viable short-term edge use cases.

The company has released its research after a three-year effort, alongside Deutsche Telekom, which collated standards and use cases based on market opportunity,...

HPE to acquire Silver Peak for $925m to beef up ‘edge-to-cloud’ strategy with SD-WAN

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced its intention to acquire SD-WAN provider Silver Peak for $925 million (£737.9m) to combine with its Aruba product for greater cloud networking.

The combination of the two companies, HPE said, would ‘accelerate cloud transformation for enterprises with a comprehensive edge-to-cloud networking solution covering all aspects of wired, wireless LAN, and WAN.’

While HPE will be best known to readers of this publication as a...