Gartner predicts that there will be five key imperatives that will drive the future of edge computing, and while there will be a variety of edge markets and sectors, these five factors will be a uniform predictor of the success of a solution, across the whole variety of different ‘types’ of edge solution.

The five key pillars are: low-latency requirements, local interactivity, low bandwidth needs, security, and limited autonomy. This suggests edge solutions that will do well are the ones that are agile, lightweight, and secure.

Why are these factors crucial for an edge solution? Imperatives like latency will be important as different edge technology trends evolve, automation relies on fast processing and ‘chattiness’ to respond to stimuli. Equally, immersive experience technology is ruined by lag time, and often requires latency of less than ten milliseconds. 

What’s interesting about these predictions is how they highlight the type of solution that will shape the edge. We believe,  All of these features are found in solutions typically within the ‘Niche’ quarter of Gartner’s Magic Quadrants. These are solutions that have been specifically designed for the edge space, rather than an adaptation of market-leading solutions designed for the datacenter. 

Interestingly, this illustrates how the edge is its own entity, separate from the datacenter, which implies that you cannot simply scale down the ‘big player’ datacenter solutions and jam them into edge sites, because they’re just not small enough to be truly efficient. 

StorMagic SvSAN is specifically designed to simplify on-site storage for edge sites and has just been recognized as a Niche Player, for the second time, in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure. 

Hans O’Sullivan (StorMagic CEO), Bruce Kornfeld (CMO and GM of Americas) and Brian Grainger (CRO) will be at Gartner IOCS, in December, talking about how “Niche Players are going to shape the future of edge computing’. We will also be running live SvSAN demos, with our Director of Technical Services – Mark Christie, throughout the event. You can get in touch with the team to book an appointment at the event by emailing [email protected] and you can find us in booth #104.

The Niche Players of today will be the ones shaping the edge in the next decade. For more information on how StorMagic SvSAN simplifies on-site storage for edge sites, you can check out our technical overview. For more information on Gartner’s predictions on the future shape of edge computing, read the full report here.  



Gartner, The Future Shape of Edge Computing: Five Imperatives, Thomas Bittman, Bob Gill, 28 June 2018


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