Edge infrastructure company Sunlight.io today released a new report conducted by research firm Omdia that examines some of the challenges of deploying applications at the edge.

The report notes that while edge computing isn’t new in itself, recent digitization and consumer demands mean enterprises are shifting to edge driven by low latency, data gravity and data privacy requirements.

The research highlights that the highest rated driver for the adoption of edge computing was low latency, which was cited earlier by 94% of respondents in Omdia’s 2020 edge survey. Roy Illsley, chief analyst, IT ecosystems and operations with the research firm wrote that “the latency driver is not a surprise as the concept of edge is that the compute is moved closer to the point of need so that real-time analysis/actions can be taken.”

Manageability was cited by 72% of respondents surveyed as the top barrier for edge computing. “Omdia considers that unless the ecosystem can address the edge management challenge in 2021, the edge adoption will similarly slow down because of the practicality of managing securely potentially thousands of edge devices.”

Also discussed in the research is the move to cloud native applications, identified as the fastest growing mode of application deployment.

“Omdia research shows that for edge deployments cloud-native workloads running inside VMs (virtual machines] represent the dominant approach,” Illsley wrote. “One of the biggest drivers behind this approach is the better security isolation that a VM provides compared to cloud-native, which is isolated on the namespace only.”

Sunlight founder and CEO, Julian Chesterfield said the research was commissioned in order to “better understand the needs of enterprises deploying and managing applications at the edge. The report makes clear that it's not just about the edge infrastructure itself – but also the manageability of the hundreds of distributed edge locations.”

The research also includes some of the other key edge drivers and barriers identified in the Omdia edge survey 2020.