More and more organisations are bringing computing to the edge. According to an IDC survey, three quarters of respondents plan to increase their edge spending by an average increase of 37 percent over the next two years.
This growth is driven by factors such as performance requirements of expanding workloads and new use cases that leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning that demand greater compute capacity at the edge.
Data captured and stored at the edge is rapidly expanding, and organisations plan to keep this data longer. As a result, the number of physical servers being deployed at the edge is rising. Most of this investment prioritises the modernisation of existing infrastructure in edge locations as opposed to building out new infrastructure.
IDC’s EdgeView 2022 survey also found that enterprises deploying edge are highly focused on building scalable businesses with investments that can contribute quickly to the bottom line.
The top objectives for edge deployment are increased revenue, improved products and services, and reduced costs. Edge deployments also present important opportunities to fill a niche market or disrupt an existing market.
“Enterprises are signaling that they want the benefits of a cloud operating model with the freedom to deploy anywhere. This creates tremendous opportunities for technology suppliers that can reduce complexity and maintain consistency in these distributed environments,” said Dave McCarthy, Research Vice President of Cloud and Edge Infrastructure Services at IDC.
“Edge infrastructure deployments are shifting IT back to a more strategic, influential role within the organisation. The IT organisation is both driving and supporting critical digital-first efforts within the broader organisation,” said Jennifer Cooke, Research Director of Edge Strategies at IDC.
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