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AlefEdge Recognized a Cool Vendor in the Gartner ‘Cool Vendors in Edge Computing, 2021’
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2021 Gartner Cool Vendors in Edge Computing

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“Key Findings

  • As edge implementations become more sophisticated, APIs and abstraction layers that shield developers from underlying system complexity will be critical to edge computing’s widespread adoption.
  • Servers and devices at the edge are being bundled with SaaS and platform as a service (PaaS) solutions that deliver integrated management and orchestration for the device in use.
  • Software layers that provide encapsulated functionality for deployment and orchestration will fill some of the gaps left by a lack of standards.
  • Enterprises are beginning to demand “edge as a service” solutions that solve explicit business problems, on a pay-as-you-go basis, with low-level technology requirements replaced by higher-level service-level agreements (SLAs).
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I&O leaders focused on cloud and edge infrastructure should:
  • Create and follow an enterprise edge strategy by focusing first on business benefit and holistic systems, not solely pointing to technical solutions or products.
  • Establish a modular, flexible edge approach through the use of emerging edge frameworks, which allow technologies to be mixed and matched based on enterprise direction, not simply “what comes with the vendor solution.”
  • Reduce complexity and risk by focusing on solutions that offer function-specific APIs that decouple the business logic from the technology enablers that are hidden.
  • Accelerate time to benefit and derisk technical decisions through the use of vertically aligned system integrators and independent software vendors (ISVs) that demonstrate understanding of and ability to implement and manage the full orchestration stack from top to bottom.

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Gartner, Cool Vendors in Edge Computing, 2021, Bob Gill, Jeffrey Hewitt, Tim Zimmerman, 20 May 2021

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