Intel, Dell, HP, Amazon, Microsoft…all the big names in technology are moving to the edge – and they are being joined by some awesome emerging companies.

Google has Clips, artificial intelligence to increase privacy and save bandwidth by keeping data local. Amazon has AWS Greengrass. Microsoft with its Azure IoT Edge and graphics processor developer NVIDIA launched low-power systems for edge devices last year. Dell is now selling gateways for the Internet of things to aggregate data at the “edge of the network,” and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is betting on hybrid data centers and "intelligent edge" tools for the Internet of things as it aims to simplify under a program dubbed HPE Next.

The world edge computing market will grow by a compound annual growth rate of more than 30% from 2018 to 2022, Taipei-based market research firm TrendForce forecasts. The market should be worth $3.24 billion by 2025, Grand View Research found in March.

It seems that edge computing has truly arrived. Many of these vendors are putting new technologies in place that either at a processor or application level, or both, will bring much of today’s cloud back to edge-based data centres and devices, and away from the current remote cloud sync and share options.

So who is aligning with these giants that represents technologies worth looking at? Well if you take a look at the latest Red Herring 100 you can find Qnext with its FileFlex product that provides remote access and sharing without using the cloud. Vapor IO won the Leading Lights Award for Most Innovative Edge Computing Strategy for its Edge Data Centre approach. Swim.ai is bringing analytics to the edge – and that’s a big deal. Foghorn Systems is carving out a significant market for its edge approach. Literally, thousands of startups are joining the edge movement.

In any event, big or small, edge computing is on the move and whether it is $3.24 Billion or significantly more than projections, the current cloud infrastructure is on the move.

Phil Bliss
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