According to Forrester, 32% of global telecommunications decision makers are either presently implementing or expanding edge computing, and another 27% report they plan to implement edge infrastructure within the year. The main drivers pushing companies towards the edge include sensitivity to bandwidth, cost, and latency.
By now it’s well established that edge computing — by localizing data acquisition and control functions, as well as the storage of high bandwidth content and applications in close proximity to the enduser —circumvents the distance, capacity constraints, multiple network hops, and centralized processing loads that exist in traditional internet architecture. Simply put, there just isn’t enough bandwidth to send data back and forth to public and private clouds, much less support the billions of connected devices that will accompany smart city developments, which will require ultra-low latency.
Read the full article in Mission Critical Magazine here.