Many applications in use by consumers, businesses and network operators are running in “the cloud” – that is, on compute/storage facilities connected by wide area networks, mostly in big centralized data centers (DCs) or smaller regionally distributed DCs, or even some metro-distributed DCs. But many applications are better served if they reside on compute resources nearer the “edge” – that is, closer to the end user, device, machine, or application.
The edge ‘is in’ these days in conversations, conferences and considerations—and there are many definitions. Our conclusion is that there are many edges, and we chose a fairly common definition of 20 milliseconds (ms) (round trip time = RTT) from the edge compute location to the end user, device, machine, or application. The two main drivers for deploying applications at the edge are latency and bandwidth efficiency.
In the first-ever survey of its kind, IHS Markit asked 14 major edge thought leaders and market movers a range of questions on the most pressing issues surrounding edge applications and services.
Senior Research Director, Carrier Networks
Michael Howard co-founded market research firm Infonetics Research in 1990, and today is recognized worldwide as one of the industry’s leading experts in emerging markets, network operator trends, and user buying patterns.
Senior Research Director – Cloud & Virtualization, IHS Markit
Dr. Cliff Grossner is a senior research director responsible for data center compute and networking, cloud services and SDN research at IHS Markit. He has more than 25 years of telecommunications industry experience encompassing scientific research, market analysis, corporate and product strategy, product management and marketing.