All types of businesses should start paying attention to the edge, but some are further along with edge computing adoption than others.
Cloud-native companies are leading the charge, as are large enterprises in manufacturing and other verticals. Kyle York, vice president of product strategy for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, discussed edge computing adoption trends for these and other types of companies during an appearance on This Week in Enterprise Tech.
In manufacturing, for example, more data is getting pushed out to the edge in the form of intelligent machines, vehicles and other internet of things (IoT) devices. Companies and consumers alike need visibility into that data, York said.
“It’s about the understanding of the end user into the application workload performance, and then making sure that the network edge continues to grow and harden so that you can push more and more of that data closer to the customers,” he said.
People commonly associate edge computing with IoT, but there’s much more to it than that. All of the technologies that manage and secure access to internet-facing assets count as edge services. Particularly important are those technologies that control external access to cloud infrastructure and applications.
For that reason, edge computing adoption is also on the rise among cloud-native companies – both those born in the cloud and traditional businesses that are starting to build cloud-native applications. Many of these organizations rely on distributed content delivery mechanisms – not necessarily traditional content delivery networks, York said.
But that can get complex, because modern web applications and sites load so many objects. Nearly 75% of web apps and sites load 50 objects or more, and 11% load more than 200, according to a Forrester report on edge services. Companies with these types of web apps and sites are looking at edge services as a way to provide visibility into the performance of every single file the customer sees or touches as they traverse their web site or application, York said.
Most organizations take a hybrid cloud approach, migrating certain workloads to the cloud while keeping others in their data centers. Companies that rely on large, on-premises implementations of database, ERP and HCM software are just starting down the path to edge computing adoption.