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Society depends on the enterprise edge to safely navigate and mitigate COVID-19

Society depends on the enterprise edge to safely navigate and mitigate COVID-19

COVID-19 enterprise edge use cases

Atos collaborated with Eupry to develop a Vaccine Logistics Monitoring as a Service solution that enables supply chain management for large-scale COVID-19 vaccine distribution activities. Benefits derived at the edge include the monitoring of temperature, differential pressure, humidity and carbon dioxide throughout the vaccine transportation process. 

IBM and Salesforce are working together to integrate the IBM Digital Health Passport, built on IBM Blockchain technology, and Salesforce Work.com to enable organizations to verify an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status and other health information, such as test results or temperature checks.

Israel-based AI and IoT startup Youtiligent has developed an AIoT-based technology that enables organizations in the COVID-19 vaccine distribution chain to ensure their refrigerators are set to the correct temperature required for the vaccines. The solution leverages edge sensors for real-time refrigerator temperature monitoring as well as machine learning and AI algorithms for predictive maintenance that can detect refrigerator performance anomalies in real time to prevent spoilage.

TBR’s Enterprise Edge Compute Market Landscape, which is global in scope, details edge compute trends among both vendors and their customers. Vendor coverage includes: Amazon Web Services, Atos, Cisco, Dell Technologies, Digital Realty, Equinix, Huawei, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Lenovo and Microsoft. This research includes current-year market sizing and a five-year forecast.

Enterprise edge compute sees opportunity in COVID-19 economy as new use cases emerge

COVID-19 increases demand for edge installments

Despite some challenges and resistance to adoption, the opportunity at the enterprise edge is vast, as edge workloads present a key solution to many of the new problems that have popped up due to COVID-19. For example, brick-and-mortar shopping was once seen as a leisure activity and has now become a front line from which a virus can spread. While retail is a key vertical with much to gain from edge workloads in the era of COVID-19, it is not the only one. Manufacturing floors now require social distancing of workers, which slows down production, and technicians cannot go on-site to fix malfunctioning hardware. The edge is the solution to many of these problems, with use cases including contact tracing, temperature-monitoring cameras, and AI-enabled surveillance to monitor for adequate social distancing and mask wearing.

TBR’s Enterprise Edge Compute Market Landscape, which is global in scope, details edge compute trends among both vendors and their customers. Vendor coverage includes: Amazon Web Services, Atos, Cisco, Dell Technologies, Digital Realty, Equinix, Huawei, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Lenovo and Microsoft. This research includes current-year market sizing and a five-year forecast.

Technology Business Research, Inc. announces 4Q20 webinar schedule

HAMPTON, N.H. (Sept. 9, 2020) — Technology Business Research, Inc. (TBR) announces the schedule for its 4Q20 webinar series.

Oct. 14         Digital transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Oct. 21         Trends in capturing tailored data and insights for technology business leaders

Oct. 28         How COVID-19 did and will forever change cloud

Nov. 4          PC status report: PCs reach a turning point

Nov. 11        Connectivity will be ‘free’

Nov. 18        Niche enterprise edge vendors disrupt the enterprise edge compute market

Dec. 2           Amid the pandemic, new offerings and new footprints for IT services vendors

Dec. 9           COVID-19 reveals true colors of creative advisory services

Dec. 16        Middleware: The quantum computing differentiator

TBR webinars are held typically each Wednesday at 1 p.m. EDT and include a 15-minute Q&A following the main presentation. Previous webinars can be viewed anytime on TBR’s Webinar Portal.

For additional information or to arrange a briefing with our analysts, please contact TBR at [email protected].

Niche enterprise edge vendors disrupt the enterprise edge compute market

New and reformatted use cases have emerged at the edge that help companies meet safety requirements and allow employees to return to the physical workplace. Longer-term solutions that will help dictate how we live in the new normal will rely more heavily on edge technology, further increasing desire for the already high-demand enterprise edge compute infrastructure and related applications. Additional use cases will emerge at the edge as companies worldwide adjust their operations to ensure they are meeting safety guidelines, which will require increased visibility of their customers and employees. To meet the varied demands of new use cases and extend existing ones, enterprise and niche edge players are building out a strategy rooted in innovation and automation and are increasingly looking to build and sustain strategic partnerships to accelerate time-to-market.

Join Nicole Catchpole and Stephanie Long for a discussion on how COVID-19 has created new opportunities at the already thriving enterprise edge. The analysts will also discuss niche players and emerging startups that have relevant offerings that address companies’ needs during the pandemic.

Don’t miss:

  • Emerging enterprise edge use cases, including those related to COVID-19, and customer examples
  • Niche and startup players with differentiated edge compute offerings
  • The increasing relevance of strategic partnerships

TBR predicts total enterprise spend on edge infrastructure will grow at a 41% CAGR through 2024 to almost $120B

Webscale drives projected forecast for enterprise edge

On Feb. 26, TBR senior analysts Nicki Catchpole and Stephanie Long were joined by hundreds of professionals across multiple vendors and verticals for TBR’s first webinar on the enterprise edge. The session, The emerging and evolving landscape of enterprise edge computing, focused on the components of the enterprise edge market — as defined by TBR — and projected market growth, in addition to touching on use cases in retail and agriculture that demonstrate the real-life applicability of edge computing across verticals.

In TBR’s definition, the enterprise edge market encompasses enterprises in all verticals, including communication service providers (CSPs). We explores CSP spend on edge infrastructure in depth in our Telecom Edge Compute Market Forecast (2019-2024).

Although edge technology is not new, it is still considered to be emerging, and growth rates are projected to increase significantly through 2024. The spending increase will occur to support connected devices, emerging workloads such as IoT, and faster time to insight on existing use cases and predictive analytics, with the ultimate goal of facilitating the adoption of digital transformation. The most notable driver of edge spend through 2024 will be the complex dynamics within the webscale space in support of digital transformation projects that were historically captured by OEMs.

Use cases in the agriculture and retail verticals demonstrate the value of edge computing across disparate industries

There are hundreds of individually documented and proven use cases for edge computing across many different verticals. A common theme is that edge computing across verticals makes it easier to process data at the source to refine and send it to an edge or cloud network for further analysis, AI applications and storage. During the webinar, TBR analysts covered use cases that touch consumers and vendors alike, focusing on examples in smart farming as well as retail.

Agribots enhance farm management while edge computing introduces benefits for brick-and-mortar retailers

Smart farming technologies mark a notable shift in how farms can be managed by introducing automation and predictive intelligence at scale. Even within this one industry, the examples are vast and varied. Agribots in the form of machinery, like autonomous tractors, interact with the surrounding environment, collecting data and communicating back to the cloud for longer-term analysis. Crop management and production life cycles are optimized through the automation and analytics enabled by edge at scale.

The examples in retail are as equally as diverse, ranging from in-store robots that can create a customized shopping experience to the implementation of AR/VR in fitting rooms. Benefits include improved customer experience as well as workforce and operational optimization.

Questions from attendees prompted a deeper dive

One attendee asked for more detail about what components TBR included in its market sizing estimates. There are many components of edge computing, with varying opinions around what should and should not be included. TBR’s enterprise edge market sizing includes hardware — server and storage networking — as well as close-to-the-box software and services.

Another attendee asked about the “vendor soup” among hyperscalers and whether there are online marketplaces such as Azure that facilitate the decision-making process or if it is largely left to systems integrators. TBR has seen offers from hyperscalers trying to sell more solutioning and recommending combinations of solutions to their customers. This type of approach, but with a more vertical focus in the marketplace, may promote market expansion to include solution advisory services. Implementation of edge computing is a multifaceted and dynamic process, and hyperscalers are well positioned to help customers through the process of selecting and integrating multiple different services.

Click here to listen to this webinar, The emerging and evolving landscape of enterprise edge computing, in its entirety

Insights from TBR’s inaugural Enterprise Edge Compute Market Landscape

The edge computing market spans a spectrum of use cases that meet various customer needs, including sensitivity for latency and analytics. According to TBR’s 1Q20 Enterprise Edge Compute Market Landscape, while the edge is not new, its use for low-latency-dependent applications and close-to-the-data computing has increased and will continue to do so to support connected devices, emerging workloads such as IoT, and faster time-to-insight. For example, in-store robots can interact with customers to create a customized shopping experience on the floor and use data around purchases to help restock inventory.

TBR predicts a rapid increase in enterprise edge spend through 2024. The dynamics within the webscale space  include a desire by managed service providers to run their offerings on bare metal hardware and ODMs with the ability to provide this bare metal hardware at lower price points than OEM peers. These dynamics will be a key driver behind the upswing in enterprise edge revenue through 2024 as webscales capture opportunities typically fulfilled by OEMs.

For additional information, read our special report Edge computing is a cross-industry revolution that will reshape every industry and contact an account executive about TBR’s Enterprise Edge Compute Market Landscape.