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The edge of the network is becoming increasingly important as businesses look to improve their workloads and run applications. Today, the edge is no longer just a point at the network. It is becoming increasingly core to the data center market, especially with edge computing changing the entire data center ecosystem.
Often deployed as an alternative to cloud and central data centers, edge computing provides lower latency and data transmission costs compared to centralized resources. Now, edge computing is also a contributor to cloud computing growth as edge sites can act as a staging-post for data that is ultimately sent to the cloud for processing, storage, or long-term analysis.
In fact, industry-wide investment in edge computing is expected to change the profile of the data center ecosystem over the next four years. According to industry professionals from Vertiv, this will also increase the edge component of total compute by 29% over that time, from 21% of total compute to 27% in 2026. The magnitude of the industry’s ongoing shift to the edge is among the notable findings from a new Vertiv global survey of the data center on 156 industry professionals with insight into their company’s edge computing plans.
The survey revealed that about a third (34%) of those surveyed are either planning or in the midst of significant edge deployments. A quarter already has deployed new, purpose-built edge sites, and 41% are operating legacy edge sites. All the activity at the edge is striking, but survey participants also anticipate a 150% increase in core sites and increased activity in the cloud. With the demand for computing resources is skyrocketing across today’s networks, the percentage of IT resources deployed in the public cloud is expected to grow from 19% currently to 25% by 2026.
For Martin Olsen, global vice president for edge strategy and transformation for Vertiv, the next five years will reshape the data center landscape, shifting more and more computing to the edge while buttressing the enterprise facilities at the core of modern hybrid networks.
“This survey makes clear the urgent demand for computing closer to the end-user. The future of computing is about speed and latency, and the only way to meet the need is to build out the edge of the network,” commented Olsen.
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