To get a pulse on the latest thinking on edge computing, we reached out to the SDxCentral community with a survey during the month of August. 52% of the survey participants were technology vendors; 22% telecommunications service providers, 14% other, 8% enterprises and 4% cloud service providers.
When asked how much they knew about MEC and edge computing for mobile networks, 46% indicated they were very knowledgeable, while 29% didn’t know much and 25% only had a vague notion of what MEC entailed. When probed further on how important they thought MEC and distributed clouds would be to rolling out new applications, such as virtual reality/augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, video optimization and IoT platforms, the majority of respondents felt it was important to their success.
Key Edge Computing and MEC Use Cases
According to survey responses, IoT gateways and local IoT services, as well as a teleco’s internal cloud radio access network (RAN) and virtual RAN are the most likely use cases that will drive adoption of edge computing.
40% of survey respondents believe edge computing and MEC will achieve mainstream adoption in the marketplace in the next two to four years; 33% feel it will be within the next 18- 24 months.
In terms of the hardware platform the edge infrastructure will be built on, 80% of respondents believe it will likely be specialized edge servers that can accommodate lower power and cooling needs. 65% indicated converged edge pods (fully-integrated hyperconverged multi-node platforms) might be the hardware platform of choice, while 52% thought the infrastructure could end up being built on standard data center servers.