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The Edge — Perspectives on Market Definitions and Sizing

The Edge — Perspectives on Market Definitions and Sizing

This IDC Market Perspective provides an overview of the "edge" landscape, as well as a set of definitions to describe the various usages of the word, including a place or location, a deployment model, and one or more technologies. This document also discusses key vendor examples and market strategies for edge computing to provide additional context for this increasingly important infrastructure tier. "The edge is one of the most talked about topics in the IT industry today," said Ashish Nadkarni, group VP, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies, IDC. "With growth of demand and the proliferation of offerings, alignment of terminology and structured understanding of the core to edge stack will be catalysts to enable matching of technologies and providers to customer needs."

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Executive Snapshot
New Market Developments and Dynamics
Edge — Guidance on Proper Usage of the Term
Suffix (Noun): Function, Deployment Model, or Physical Location
Prefix (Adjective): Technology or Platform
Taxonomy Guidance
Core-Edge-Endpoint Stack
Differentiating Between Core, Edge, and Endpoints
IT, OT, and CT Edge Classification
Edge Computing Classification
Heavy Edge
Light Edge
Software-Defined/Converged IT, OT, and CT Functions
Vendor Examples — Edge Infrastructure
HPE Edgeline Systems
Dell Edge Gateways
Stratus ztC Edge
Consortia and Alliances
OpenFog Consortium (Fog Computing Alliance)
Open Edge Computing
ETSI Multi-Access Edge Computing
The Industrial Internet Consortium
The Linux Foundation and EdgeX Foundry
Scenarios/Use Cases
Enterprise Edge
Telco Edge
Public Cloud Service Delivery Edge
Advice for the Technology Supplier and Services Provider
IDC's Point of View
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