The edge computing frontier is a bit like the wild West—technology providers trying to stake their claim of the $70B+ edge computing opportunity (by 2022/2023 according to ACG Research), customers trying to figure how to move into this new territory, and the industry still needing to do considerable work to specify edge nomenclatures, standards and architecture blueprints.
As a result, the notion of the “edge” is still very much a matter of perspective:
- An IoT sensor gateway on an airplane helping predict engine failure(s)
- A low-power Bluetooth beacon in a mall (proximity-triggered couponing)
- A cell site or C-RAN platform Virtual Broadband Base Unit (vBBU)
- A universal CPE siting in a branch office
- Or a micro-modular data center (5G distributed Unit (DU) cloudlet) sitting below a macro cellular tower, caching UHD content, delivering zip code-specific ad insertion