Edge computing is a diverse and growing field, as announced by Deloitte in its Technology, Media & Telecommunications 2023 Predictions report. Their forecasts cover a range of themes, with the enterprise market growing at 22% in 2023, compared with 6% overall enterprise IT growth over the same period.
Edge and cloud computing
Edge computing moves processing power closer to consumers. Instead of servers being placed in a central data center and all data being pushed out of it, edge computing could distribute computing power to end-user devices, cell towers, or devices in smaller geographies. there is. A hub to reduce latency.
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Deloitte said organizations are likely to invest in hardware first and then software and services as the market matures.
Cloud computing is an edge enabler, and there is a lot of overlap in terms of which companies adopt it. Deloitte says the edge will reduce costs and increase networking efficiency, as opposed to “clouds far away.” The more people use data (Deloitte predicts he will have 175 zettabytes of data by 2025), the more inefficient and expensive the cloud becomes.
Edge tissue type
There are currently four major types of edge providers, all carving out their own part of the process.
A hyperscaler is an organization that has an architecture for scaling to a global reach, such as Amazon or Facebook. For them, Edge is seen as an addition to their existing cloud provider services, Deloitte said.
We also have partnerships with CSPs with highly distributed network facilities, content delivery networks and mobile phone base station owners. Use our partner’s distributed architecture to get closer to your clients and endpoints.
Hyperscalers may move away from proprietary cloud platforms in the future instead of offering turnkey edge computing platforms on customer hardware.
CSPs such as Verizon and T-Mobile may also offer edge computing solutions. In some cases, we work with hyperscalers to connect centralized clouds to corporate on-premises data centers, servers, or devices. 5G networks can be used as part of multi-access edge computing businesses to connect edge computing infrastructure.
Infrastructure equipment vendor
Likewise, infrastructure equipment vendors may see new opportunities open up. HPE, Cisco, Dell, and other IT hardware vendors have recently offered new edge-to-cloud computing solutions. This is evident in the fact that equipment vendors that were traditionally focused on hardware are now focusing on software.
Edge cloud management
Edge cloud management platforms are also on the rise. They provide an abstraction layer to manage between deployments and the wide variety of vendors and applications involved. The industry is likely to see more centralized tools, KPIs and dashboards designed for diverse hybrid environments.
Application programming interfaces are also common and standardized. Being vendor agnostic helps promote interoperability. It also reflects the trend from hardware to software, as network functions and functions are increasingly implemented through code rather than infrastructure.
Telecom and a changing world
Deloitte predicts that 5G networks will also be a major factor in changing the world of enterprise connectivity. 5G, including “virtualized 5G”, is in the spotlight. This makes some of the network functions that were traditionally handled in hardware software-based.
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Deloitte suggests that the current number of mobile network operators investing in 5G could grow from over 100 operators in 2022 to at least 200 operators by the end of 2023.
Satellite Debris and Congestion Problems
By 2023, Deloitte predicts that there will be about 5,000 broadband satellites in Earth’s orbit. This can be a challenge for the industry as collaboration between organizations is increasingly required to make spaces a common place for open use. Space situational awareness, orbital satellite services, and space debris removal may be budding industries in their own right.
The reason is the growing demand for high-speed internet. Companies using commercial data satellites want to provide high-speed connectivity to their customers around the world. If everything goes according to plan for the companies to start building LEO, he could have 40,000 to 50,000 satellites in low earth orbit, with between 7 and 10 competing networks in operation by 2030. I have.
“Headwinds” on the Edge
Edge adoption has slowed down a bit lately. Deloitte has identified several “headwinds” that could mean that customers are slower to adopt these technologies and processes than providers are enabling them. Enterprises need to accurately assess how to reorganize their cloud, data center, and network strategies to determine the best mix of methods for their individual needs.
Edge providers are also witnessing a crowded playing field. Partnerships are often formed in hopes of serving the same customers in the future. Each may offer a different value proposition or a different part of the pipeline rather than competing.
“Edge computing businesses are likely to rely on partnerships and ecosystems rather than end-to-end solution providers in all cases,” said Deloitte.
Finally, the edge computing industry is no more isolated from the general economy than any other industry.
“This year’s forecasts highlight common themes for both consumers and businesses: inflationary pressures, supply chain issues and other global events,” said Kevin Westcott, vice chairman of Deloitte. It continues to create uncertainty, so it’s about doing more with less.”
Deloitte also recently released a list of the top technology trends for 2022. Edge computing has existed as a variation of the server model since the early 2000s, and researchers are now looking for ways to adapt it to current developments in AI.