From Pipeline Magazine by Phillip Marangella, Chief Marketing Officer, EdgeConneX:
As predicted by Cisco, global IP traffic will reach 4.8 zettabytes per annum by 2022. That same year, the number of connected IoT sensors and devices is expected to exceed 50 billion, up from an estimated 21 billion in 2018, according to Juniper Research. Let’s put it in perspective: to accommodate this surge in data and “things,” the infrastructure we are building today, including edge infrastructure, is as essential to the new age of our digital economy as the development of the interstate highway system was in the middle of the last century.
Now, more than ever, it’s clear that the volume, velocity and variety of data traffic flows are mandating a dramatic rearchitecting of the Internet to make it more customer-centric than ever before. The Edge is the lowest latency point of demarcation between service delivery and consumption. By processing data away from the cloud and closer to the source, the Edge increases both the scalability and security of IoT-based applications.
The first and second waves of demand for edge infrastructure were driven by the exponential growth in Over-the-Top (OTT) content and the mainstreaming of cloud services, respectively. Along with the growth of consumer and industrial IoT applications as our homes, buildings, streets, factories and entire communities become “smarter” and ever more connected, the next wave will see a range of Edge form factors proliferate globally in support of such advanced technologies as 5G networks, autonomous vehicles, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and virtual and augmented reality (AV/VR) applications.
So, let’s take a look at each of these next-gen technology trends, and how the edge and a rearchitecting of the Internet will solve many of the key challenges ahead.
Read the full article at Pipeline Magazine