In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic produced few net-new technology and business developments, but it certainly accelerated many technology trends already in motion. Edge computing is one of the most notable among these accelerated technologies. Every type of technology vendor — hardware, software, and cloud — has jumped on the edge bandwagon, crowding the market and confusing buyers.
The coming year will prove to be the real inflection for edge computing. Practical applications are finally emerging where this architecture can bring real benefits.
Forrester predicts the following key developments in edge computing that will illustrate this inflection point in 2021:
Data center marketplaces will emerge as a new edge hosting option. When people talk about the location of “the edge,” their descriptions vary widely. Regardless of your own...