Gartner Research

The Technical Professional’s Guide to Edge Infrastructure

Published: 11 April 2019

ID: G00376182

Analyst(s): Angelina Troy


Cloud, data center and edge are complementary venues spread across a spectrum of possible locations. The term “edge,” without context, holds little meaning. This note defines edge infrastructure and provides the context necessary for I&O technical professionals to derive value from edge deployments.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is Edge Infrastructure?
  • Why Does Edge Infrastructure Matter?
    • Imperative: Data and Bandwidth
    • Imperative: Limited Autonomy
    • Imperative: Privacy and Security
    • Imperative: Latency and Determinism
  • Integrate Edge Initiatives With Cloud Strategy
  • Focus on Specific Use Cases With Rapid, Significant Business Value
  • Plan for Customized and/or Consultative Approaches to Edge Initiatives


Gartner Recommended Reading

©2022 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.