Gartner predicts there will be five key imperatives that drive the future of edge computing. They believe these five factors will be a universal predictor that determines the success of edge solutions, across all future edge markets and sectors.

The five key pillars are: 

  • Low-latency requirements
  • Local interactivity
  • Low bandwidth needs
  • Security
  • Limited autonomy

These pillars suggest edge solutions that will triumph are 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, with automation relying on fast processing and ‘chattiness’ to respond to stimuli. Equally, immersive experience technology is bogged down by lag time, and often requires latency of less than ten milliseconds. 

These five pillars highlight the type of solution that will shape the edge, and we believe they can all be found within the solutions in the ‘Niche’ quarter of Gartner’s Magic Quadrants. These types of solutions have been specifically designed for the edge space, rather than adaptations of market-leading solutions designed for the datacenter. 

This illustrates how the edge is its own entity, separate from the datacenter. It 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. It was recognized for the second time as a Niche Player in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure. 

The Niche Players of today will be the ones shaping the edge in the next decade. For more information about Niche Players, and on how StorMagic SvSAN meets the unique requirements of edge computing environments, download the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure 2019 report. 

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