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4 Steps to Successful Edge Computing Deployments

Published: 07 January 2020

ID: G00386875

Analyst(s): Matthew Brisse


Organizations that focus on one edge computing use case at a time but disregard subsequent use cases have a greater risk of architectural sprawl and failed deployments, especially at scale. I&O technical professionals can avoid chaos at the edge by following our four steps to success.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

  • New Challenges at the Edge

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Establish an Edge Mindset
    • Embrace Edge Computing Design Imperatives
    • Leverage the Imperatives as Design Tenets
  • Step 1: Define Architectural Requirements
    • Align Data Flow Models to Use Case
    • Select an Edge Topology
    • Key Questions When Planning Edge Architectures
    • Recommendations
  • Step 2: Address Six Architectural Challenges
    • Challenge 1: Network/Transmission
    • Challenge 2: Data/Storage
    • Challenge 3: Compute
    • Challenge 4: Power Management
    • Challenge 5: Analytics
    • Challenge 6: Security and Privacy
    • Recommendations
  • Step 3: Select an Edge Platform
    • Edge Platform Requirements
    • Platform Selection Criteria
    • Cloud Service Provider Edge Platforms
    • Edge Platforms for Containers
    • Recommendations
  • Step 4: Optimize and Scale
    • Expect a Steep Deployment Curve
    • Monitor Edge Use-Case Value
    • Recommendations

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Culture Risk
  • Technology Evolution Risk
  • Technical Immaturity Risk

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