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The Edge Computing Infrastructure Market: A Technology and Market Forecast 2020-2024

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  • March 2021
  • Region: Global
  • CIR
  • ID: 5261767

Edge Computing Infrastructure Revenues to Reach $17.9 billion by 2025 Says Report

The goal of the Edge Computing Infrastructure Market report is to forecast where the revenues and volume shipments will be generated from edge computing over the next five years. In order to achieve this goal, we define the key products that will be sold due to the edge computing surge.  The edge products that are covered in this report include but are not limited to edge gateways, edge servers, edge routers, dedicated edge networking software, edge networking hardware and components including transceivers,  security software, edge networking analytics software, etc.  The report also forecasts revenues for services associated with edge computing including edge computing functionality delivered as a service.  Finally, the report will discuss the transceiver rates that will be necessary for the edge computing environment.

In the Edge Computing Infrastructure Market report, we also (1) monetize the impact of edge computing on cloud and data center markets, and (2) discuss the impact of edge computing on the optical networking/optical module space.   While the report does not provide an in-depth applications (e.g. gaming, smart cities) analysis (addressed in other future reports), it does discuss - and forecast - revenues generated by specific edge computing environments, edge clouds, 5G mobile and for Internet-of-Things. (IoT).

In addition to an analysis of the hardware, software and services related to edge computing, this report also contains strategic profiles of leading vendors and startups active in the edge computing space.  In these profiles, we discuss the product/market strategies employed by companies targeting the Edge Computing Infrastructure Market.  This report is designed to guide business development executives, product managers, investors and others to recognize key opportunity areas in the edge computing market.

Who should read this report?

Whether you are an optical component manufacturer, optical equipment manufacturer, large end-user, or investor, you will gain valuable insights from this in-depth research.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
E.1 Edge computing: A timeline for development
E.2 Edge computing environments: Data center offload, 5G and IoT
E.3 Edge computing: Hardware, platforms and services
E.3.1 Edge computing and “anything as a service”
E.4 Analysis of investment in edge computing
E.4.1 Major firms
E.4.2 Venture capital
E.4 Summary of edge computing market forecasts

Chapter One: Introduction
1.1 Background of this report
1.2 Objectives and scope of this report
1.3 Methodology of report
1.3.1 Forecast Methodology
1.4 Plan of this report

Chapter Two: Edge Computing: Architectures, Technologies and Ecosystems
2.1 Market drivers: The emerging latency and bandwidth crisis in networking
2.1.1 How latency is the crippling videoconferencing environment and the edge computing solution
2.1.2 How edge computing answers the data overload problem in 5G and IoT
2.2 The edge computing solution
2.2.1 Data centers and local processing: Edge clouds
2.2.2 Edge computing infrastructures for 5G mobile
2.2.3 Edge computing and the Internet-of-Things (IoT)
2.2.4 Does edge computing promote the role of “anything of a service”
2.3 Impact of edge computing on data centers and cloud markets
2.4 Optical edge computing
2.5The future: An edge and cloud ecosystem
2.6 Edge computing from the semiconductor industry perspective
2.7 Key projects and initiatives (government, city-level, PPP, associations)
2.7 Key conclusions from this chapter

Chapter Three: Edge Computing Products and Five-year Forecasts
3.1 Data rate requirements for edge computing
3.1.1 Five-year forecasts of edge computing ports by data rates
3.2 Servers
3.2.1 Specialized edge servers
3.2.2 Role of white box servers in edge computing
3.2.3 Five-year forecast of servers for edge computing
3.3 Edge routers
3.3.1 Five-year forecast of edge routers
3.4 Edge computing software
3.4.1 Edge gateways
3.4.2 Platform/networking software
3.4.3 Analytic software
3.4.4 Security software
3.5 Sensors for edge computing
3.5.1 Five-year forecast for edge specific sensors
3.6 Edge computing services
3.6.1 Edge computing and anything as a service
3.6.2 Five-year forecast of edge computing services
3.7 Break out of the market by edge cloud/5G/IoT: Five year forecast
3.8 Network Edge/Multi-access edge computing (MEC) and standards
3.9 Key conclusions from this chapter

Chapter Four Edge Computing Market by Region/Country
4.1 Infrastructure and developments in North America
4.2 Infrastructure and Developments in the EU and the UK
4.3 Infrastructure and Developments in China
4.4 Infrastructure in Japan and the rest of Asia
4.5 Other edge computing markets of note
4.6 Five year forecast of edge computing markets by country/region
4.7 Break out of the market by edge cloud/5G/IoT: Five year forecast

Chapter Five: Vendor Profiles
5.1 Affirmed Networks
5.2 AWS
5.3 Cisco
5.4 ClearBlade
5.5 Dell EMC
5.6 EdgeConneX
5.7 Ericsson
5.8 FogHorn
5.9 Google
5.10 Hangar
5.11 HPE
5.12 Huawei
5.12 Intel
5.13 Kontron
5.14 Microsoft Azure
5.15 MobileEdgeX
5.16 Mutable
5.18 Saguna
5.19 Swim.ai

Acronyms and Abbreviations Used in this Report
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Executive Summary

According to the report  Edge Computing Infrastructure Revenues will reach $17.9 billion by 2025 with an additional $1 billion in optical modules and networking to support the improved transport of edge data.

Edge computing is what’s next in data communications.  The main driver for Edge Computing Infrastructure Revenues is the need for a platform for new kinds of traffic including AI, self-driving cars, smart cities and IoT data. Edge computing enables such traffic to be siphoned from the main cloud to an edge computing network that provides the low-latency and reliability needed by a new kind of traffic.

“Latency and resiliency are important for video,” says Lawrence Gasman, President of CIR, “but for self-driving cars and IoT, these factors can literally be a matter of life and death.  The giants of computing and cloud services see edge computing as an important new source of business revenues while savvy VCs are actively searching for innovative edge computing startups to invest in.”

The goal of the report is to identify the opportunities in edge computing and to quantify them in terms of both revenues and volume shipments from 2021 to 2025.  The analysis and forecasts cover all the main parts of an edge computing network including gateways, servers, routers, and specialized software. In addition, the report also forecasts revenues for services and optical networking gear associated with edge computing. There is also a breakout by region in the report.

This report also contains strategic profiles of leading vendors and startups active in the edge computing space.  Among the companies covered are the giants of information technology, all of whom see edge computing as a major opportunity (Amazon, Cisco, Dell, Google, HPE, Huawei, Intel, Microsoft, and NVIDIA are examples here).  There are also profiles of less iconic firms active in the edge computing space - firms such as Affirmed Networks, Clear Blade, EdgeConneX, FogHorn, Kontron, MobiledgeX, Mutable, Suguna, Swim.ai, and Vapor.io.

Edge networks have been built for some time using conventional equipment.  What has changed, however, is that many of the leading vendors and service providers in this space are branding their products specifically for edge computing.  In the profiles of important players in the edge computing space, this report discusses the product/market strategies currently employed by companies active in this space.  It also discusses in some detail how 5G deployment impacts the potential deployments of edge computer networks.

From the Report

  • Software dominates edge computing market: Platform, AI, and analytics software account for 45 percent of the total edge computing market. By 2025 software will produce $8.1 billion in revenues, but with intensified competition and a slew of new entrants. Edge computing software is designed to amplify the inherent advantages of edge computing.  For example, much of the platform software is open source enabling more freedom to developers to improve the customer experience.  Similarly, edge analytics can contribute to the basic goal of edge computing - speeding up data processing and decreasing latency. The critical real-time requirements will be processed at edge (device, network, or telco edge), while non-critical data will be sent back to cloud or core server for processing and storage.
  • A new product category: edge data centers: The edge computing data center is a modular or containerized data centers that includes all the compute, storage, networking, power, cooling, and other infrastructure required for edge computing. In 2025 edge servers/data centers will generate $3.1 billion in revenues. They will need to be close to the end device/user (to reduce latency), as well as to perform most of the operations (storage, analysis, etc.) for local traffic.
  • By 2025 edge computing services will generate $1.5 billion in revenues. This includes services as prosaic as design and engineering or acting as a one-stop solution for edge markets. But there are also more innovative services associated with edge computing, most notably the rise of edge computing-as-a-service. This is still a developing area but has already garnered the interest of leading vendors from the edge computing space, including Microsoft.



Companies Mentioned

  • AWS
  • Affirmed Networks
  • Cisco
  • ClearBlade
  • Dell EMC
  • EdgeConneX
  • Ericsson
  • FogHorn
  • Google
  • HPE
  • Hangar
  • Huawei
  • Intel
  • Kontron
  • Microsoft Azure
  • MobileEdgeX
  • Mutable
  • Saguna
  • Swim.ai