Edge Computing Leaders Publish Breakthrough State of the Edge Report: Data at the Edge

Edge computing leaders Vapor IO, Packet and Seagate have collaborated to publish the first topic-specific 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 of 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, its clear that information must be processed in a new way. In order to catalyze a robust and healthy ecosystem at the edge, were determined to share objective insights and research that elevates our entire industry.

Managing and activating information in a distributed world

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 datas 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 wont 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, says Seagates CTO John Morris. We are excited to share our point of view through our partnership with the State of the Edge.

About State of the Edge reports

State of the Edge reports are produced and funded collaboratively by a coalition of leading edge computing companies, with an explicit goal of removing vendor bias and involving a diverse set of stakeholders. Supported by independent research and community-driven philosophy, State of the Edge is determined to accelerate the edge computing industry by developing research and materials that can be used by all. State of the Edge reports are made available under a Creative Commons 4.0 license, which allows materials to be shared free of change, encouraging the widest possible distribution.

Open source contributions

Since its launch, State of the Edge has made significant open source contributions, including the Open Glossary of Edge Computing, which is now officially housed under The Linux Foundations LF Edge group, dedicated to edge computing projects. Today the organization is announcing the donation of the Edge Computing Landscape Map to The Linux Foundation, to be led by the Open Glossary project.

State of the Edge membership

State of the Edge is open to any company in the edge computing ecosystem. Companies may inquire about membership by emailing [email protected].

Supporting Resources

About Vapor IO

Vapor IO is developing the largest nationwide edge colocation and interconnection platform at the edge of the wireless cellular network. Serving the worlds largest wireless carriers, cloud providers, web-scale companies and other innovative enterprises, the companys Kinetic Edge combines multi-tenant colocation with software-defined interconnection and high-speed networking. The Kinetic Edge delivers the most flexible, highly-distributed edge infrastructure at the edge of the wireless network. The company has deployed its Kinetic Edge in Chicago, IL and has plans to have projects underway in the top 20 US markets with over 100 sites.

About Packet

Packets proprietary technology automates physical servers and networks without the use of virtualization or multi-tenancy, powering over 60k deploys each month across its global public cloud. Packet also offers a go anywhere edge cloud model and an enterprise product for use in large-scale on-premise environments. Learn more at www.packet.com

About Seagate

Seagate crafts the datasphere, helping to maximize humanitys potential by innovating world-class, precision-engineered data management solutions with a focus on sustainable partnerships. Learn more at www.seagate.com. Follow Seagate on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Spiceworks, YouTube and subscribe to our blog.

Eleni Laughlin
Mindshare PR
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