A new research paper highlights importance of preparing content delivery for edge compute, enabling business leaders to leverage the agility of network resources.
A 40% increase in edge deployment of network resource is forecast to occur by 2022, according to the research paper ‘Outlook for Edge Services’ from IDC and Limelight Networks. By next year, 60% of all network resources will be deployed at remote edge or service provider locations, allowing business leaders to leverage the agility of their network resources, up from 20% in 2020.
Here are findings of the research report from IDC Research and Limelight Networks:
- By 2022, 60% of all network resources will be deployed at remote edge or service provider locations, up from 20% in 2020
- By 2023, over 50% of new enterprise IT infrastructure deployed will be at the edge rather than corporate data centers
- 73% of industry professionals interviewed by IDC said they view edge as a strategic investment; another 17% say it is required by business operations
The report reinforces the trend for content processing to move increasingly to the edge, which can offer high-quality video experiences with minimal buffering and cost reductions. It also explores the benefits that industry professionals expect edge to add to their business:
- 45% believe edge will bring increased productivity or efficiency
- 44% believe edge will bring increased security and compliance
- 42% believe edge will bring faster decision making
- 40% believe edge will bring improved customer relations or customer experience
Steve Miller-Jones, VP of Strategy, Industry & Partnership at Limelight Networks commented: “In the last few years, we have seen advances in both the range of edge services and their adoption within a variety of content and enterprise workflows. In 2021, we can expect the variety and scope of customization capabilities to grow, helping enterprises meet high end user expectations for accessing and consuming content.
“The network edge makes it possible to affect data as it flows towards end users and devices, and to control the flow of data from those devices. Shipping large quantities of raw data towards cloud providers is expensive and can introduce significant latency.
“This is why the network edge will be used more for data processing and decision making. It allows access to multiple compute locations close to end users and devices, therefore removing the potential for latency without incurring additional operational overheads. The net result is improved content performance in a cost efficiency way, with built-in security and scale.”
Limelight Networks’ Edge Compute and EdgeFunctions, allow professionals to spend their time, effort, and money scaling their businesses instead of scaling the underlying infrastructure.
Executing compute tasks closer to the end user can significantly lower latency enabling workflows and content experiences to be optimised for performance, personalized experiences and real-time interactivity.
The complete 2021 Outlook for Edge Services report can be downloaded here: https://www.limelight.com/lp/what-is-to-come-in-edge-services-2021/
IDC and Limelight Networks