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Vapor IO, Packet and Seagate Technology Publish State of the Edge Report

By Ken Briodagh

Edge computing leaders Vapor IO, Packet and Seagate reportedly have collaborated to publish a State of the Edge report, Data at the Edge: Managing and Activating Information in a Distributed World. Following the inaugural edge computing ecosystem report published in June of last year, this report focuses on managing and activating information using edge computing. The report is freely available at StateoftheEdge.com.

“With everything related to edge computing expanding at an exponential pace, the State of the Edge coalition has become the ideal vendor-neutral forum to develop and publish industry research,” said Matt Trifiro, CMO, Vapor IO, a founding member of the group. “We picked data at the edge as our first topic-specific report because, with billions of sensors soon to be generating zettabytes of data, it’s clear that information must be processed in a new way. In order to catalyze a robust and healthy ecosystem at the edge, we’re determined to share objective insights and research that elevates our entire industry.”

The 26-page Data at the Edge report is available free of charge. In the report, the authors examine how data is shaping the rise of the edge. It provides an overview of existing research and predictions around data growth, as well as highlights how business will become more efficient and competitive by extracting previously untapped value from data using edge computing. Key findings of the report include:

  • Data is proliferating at unprecedented speeds. Data generated by the year 2025 is expected to exceed 175 zettabytes, a tenfold increase from 2016 levels. The need to manage this staggering volume of data is going to be a key driver of distributed architecture.
  • The center of data’s gravity is shifting to the edge of the network. As a result, data will need action at or near the edge and away from the core.
  • Four key factors drive demand for edge computing: latency; high data volume accompanied by insufficient bandwidth; cost; data sovereignty and compliance.
  • It won’t be cloud versus edge; it will be cloud with edge. As massive amounts of data are created outside the traditional data center, the cloud will extend to the edge.
  • Centralized cloud computing will persist, though edge computing will create radically new ways in which we create and act upon data, creating new markets and unlocking new value.

“As more and more data is created outside the centralized cloud, Seagate has identified the need to take a more unified and more efficient approach to managing and orchestrating data at the edge,” said John Morris, CTO, Seagate. “We are excited to share our point of view through our partnership with the State of the Edge.”




Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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