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Technology Insight: Edge Computing in Support of the Internet of Things

Published: 13 July 2017

ID: G00332393

Analyst(s): Bob Gill, Santhosh Rao

Summary

When deployed as part of IoT projects, edge computing provides near-real-time insights and facilitates localized actions. Infrastructure and operations leaders tasked with managing edge computing infrastructures should ensure that they have balanced the risks against the delivery of business value.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Definition
  • Description
  • Benefits and Uses
  • Risks
    • Uncertain Vendor Roadmaps and Alliances
    • Customization
    • Performance
    • Availability
    • Scalability
    • Manageability
    • Costs
    • Security
  • Evaluation Factors
    • Key Components of an Edge Computing Solution and Design Guidelines
    • Interface and Protocol Conversion
    • Gateway/Server Management Software
    • Analytics Software and Reporting
    • Micro Data Centers
    • Consumption Models
  • Edge Computing Alternatives
  • Recommendations

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