According to Gartner, by 2024, most cloud service platforms will provide some distributed cloud services that execute at the point of need. Distributed cloud enables cloud services across geographies with the public cloud provider centrally managing and owning the overall governance, enhancements, and operations.
On the other hand, with a growing demand for high-speed applications, that address lower latency, and support and improve resilience to network connectivity issues, enterprises should embrace edge computing.
Edge computing brings computation and data storage closer to the location where it is needed to improve response time and save bandwidth. It enables zero-touch, secure, distributed computing architecture for applications, data processing at, or near, the edge.
The next horizon
Let's look at a few typical futuristic enterprise use cases that take advantage of edge computing solutions:
Predictive maintenance: Proves useful in sectors where organizations would incur massive losses when systems go down. For example, the digitalization of pipeline, coupled with edge data and analytics expertise, can enable oil and gas organizations to proactively monitor and manage their pipelines, addressing defects and preventing failures.
Retail and commerce optimization: Offers capabilities for improved and hyper-personalized customer experiences.
Healthcare innovation: Unlocks new business model opportunities because of the pandemic-accelerated telehealth and the need for medical devices to track patients at home.
Public sector: Enables smart cities of the future by combining distributed cloud and edge computing solutions. Their resilient, scalable, and sustainable infrastructure improves quality of life through easy-to-use, digitally enabled service offerings, reduced traffic, and optimized energy consumption, leading to eco-friendly and carbon-neutral societies.
Innovations from distributed cloud and edge capabilities enable the future across ecosystem.
Geographically dispersed infrastructure at the customer’s location of choice enables performance, minimizes redundancy, and protects privacy.
It comprises an IT operating model designed to support customers and enable employees everywhere, and manage the deployment of business services across a distributed infrastructure.
The cybersecurity mesh enables secure access to digital assets—independent of where it is hosted—allowing identity to become the security perimeter. Privacy-enhancing computations, closer to the customer, enable processing data in untrusted environments and multi-party data analytics.
It facilitates global operations that can be acted on locally and the emergence of data center marketplace as a new edge option.
Mobile edge computing provides a highly distributed computing environment that can be used to deploy applications and services, as well as to store and process content near mobile users.
It accelerates reshaping of teams through a managed umbrella of a single distributed cloud and operating model that integrates all the disparate environments. The existing infrastructure and operations personnel will work with the respective teams in DevOps, platform engineering and operations, or fusion.