The edge, and edge computing, figure prominently in a lot of internet of things (IoT) discussions right now. But where — and what — the edge is very quickly getting complicated.
Telecom operators understand the edge of their network. Sellers of servers and gateways know what they’d like their customers to fill the edge with. Beneficiaries of IoT accept that data, value, and control often move between the center, the edge, and various intermediate points. But the terminology doesn’t really help any of them speak to one another, because they all imbue these simple — and apparently obvious — terms with lots of context and baggage.
In my latest report Make Room For The Autonomous Edge In Your IoT Strategy I suggest four distinct ways to think about the edge. I also look at Forrester data to explore how our clients currently think about the challenges and opportunities associated with working at the edge.
To segment our discussion of edge, I propose separating it into four (often overlapping) segments:
What do you think? Does that help or hinder the conversation, particularly when (for example) networking people, infrastructure people, and business people need to communicate?
Paul Miller, Senior Analyst, Forrester authored this article, which can also be found here.
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