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The Technical Professional’s Guide to Edge Infrastructure

Published: 11 April 2019

ID: G00376182

Analyst(s): Angelina Troy

Summary

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

Analysis

  • 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

Conclusion

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