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The Future Shape of Edge Computing: Five Imperatives

Published: 28 June 2018

ID: G00334442

Analyst(s): Bob Gill , Thomas Bittman


One or more of five imperatives will drive an edge computing solution, determining the future shape of edge computing. There will be a wide variety of edge computing and edge-to-cloud topologies and offerings, and I&O leaders should measure their use-case requirements against the five imperatives.

Table Of Contents


  • Defining the Space: Edge and Edge Computing
  • Five Imperatives Driving Edge Computing
    • Latency/Determinism
    • Local Interactivity
    • Data/Bandwidth
    • Privacy/Security
    • Limited Autonomy
  • Additional Factors That Shape the Edge
  • The Future Shape of Edge Computing

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