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Recap and Outlook of Worldwide Edge Computing Industry and Technology in 2021

  • Report

  • 37 Pages
  • January 2021
  • Region: Global
  • Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC)
  • ID: 5308199

The development of the worldwide edge computing industry diversified in 2020 with clearer information on applicable technology and application areas. Cloud service providers have tried to meet telecommunication service providers; needs with distributed cloud solutions; telecom equipment manufacturers have focused on services extending from 5G mobile edge computing such as network slicing; information hardware manufacturers have attempted to create distributed database systems using software-defined networking technology.

This report provides an overview of the development of edging computer and looks into eight emerging technology trends including distributed cloud, SD-WAN, and data distribution services for 2021; examines vendors with hardware technology in these areas on the development of micro data centers driven by distributed cloud and edge servers based on 5G O-RAN.

List of Topics

  • Development of the global edge computing industry in 2020
  • Development of edge computing vendors in 2020 and 2021, including cloud service providers such as AWS, Azure, and GCP; telecom equipment manufacturers such as Nokia, Ericsson, and Huawei; information hardware manufacturers such as Cisco, HPE, Dell, Intel, ARM, and Nvidia
  • Outlook for the global edge computing industry in 2021
  • Eight key edge computing technology trends observed

Table of Contents

1. The Worldwide Edge Computing Industry in 2020

2. Development of Edge Computing Vendors
2.1 Cloud Service Providers
2.1.1 AWS
2.1.2 Azure
2.1.3 GCP
2.2 Telecommunications Equipment Manufacturers
2.2.1 Nokia
2.2.2 Ericsson
2.2.3 Huawei
2.3 Information Hardware Manufacturers
2.3.1 Cisco
2.3.2 HPE
2.3.3 Dell
2.3.4 Intel
2.3.5 ARM
2.3.6 Nvidia

3. The Worldwide Edge Computing Industry in 2021
3.1 Cloud Service Providers
3.2 Telecommunications Service Providers
3.3 Information Hardware Manufacturers

4. Emerging Edge Computing Technology Trends for 2021
4.1 Technology 1: Distributed Cloud
4.2 Technology 2: SD-WAN
4.3 Technology 3: Micro-Datacenter Network
4.4 Technology 4: Data Distribution Service
4.5 Technology 5: Tiny Edge-Chain
4.6 Technology 6: Federated Learning for Edge
4.7 Technology 7: O-RAN Edge Server
4.8 Technology 8: Edge AI Chipsets

5. Conclusion
5.1 Key Edge Computing Technology Trends
5.1.1 Trend 1: Network Isomerization Driven by Cloud and Edge Computing
5.1.2 Trend 2: Decentralized and Distributed Data Processing
5.1.3 Trend 3: Evolution towards Small Form Factors and Tiny Software Design
5.2 Suggestions for Edge Computing Industry
5.2.1 Suggestions for Cloud Service Providers and their Supply Chain
5.2.2 Suggestions for Telecommunications Equipment Manufacturers and their Supply Chain
5.2.3 Suggestions for Information Hardware Manufacturers and their Supply Chain

List of Companies

List of Tables
Table 1 Cloud Service Providers; Development in Edge Computing in 20207
Table 2 Telecommunications Equipment Manufacturers; Development in Edge Computing in 2020
Table 3 Information Hardware Manufacturers; Development in Edge Computing in 2020

List of Figures
Figure 1 Architecture of Edge Computing Technology and Functionality
Figure 2 Attributes of Data Processing and Transaction
Figure 3 Connections and Interfaces in Edge Computing Data Processing



Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • ADLink
  • AMD
  • ARM
  • AT&T
  • AWS
  • Cisco
  • Dell
  • Ericsson
  • Google
  • HPE
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • MediaTek
  • Microsoft
  • Nokia
  • Nvidia
  • Orange
  • RTI
  • Telefonica
  • Verizon
  • VMwar


Primary research with a holistic, cross-domain approach

The exhaustive primary research methods are central to the value that the analyst delivers. A combination of questionnaires and on-site visits to the major manufacturers provides a first view of the latest data and trends. Information is subsequently validated by interviews with the manufacturers' suppliers and customers, covering a holistic industry value chain. This process is backed up by a cross-domain team-based approach, creating an interlaced network across numerous interrelated components and system-level devices to ensure statistical integrity and provide in-depth insight.

Complementing primary research is a running database and secondary research of industry and market information. Dedicated research into the macro-environmental trends shaping the ICT industry also allows the analyst to forecast future development trends and generate foresight perspectives. With more than 20 years of experience and endeavors in research, the methods and methodologies include:


  • Component supplier interviews
  • System supplier interviews
  • User interviews
  • Channel interviews
  • IPO interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Consumer surveys
  • Production databases
  • Financial data
  • Custom databases


  • Technology forecasting and assessment
  • Product assessment and selection
  • Product life cycles
  • Added value analysis
  • Market trends
  • Scenario analysis
  • Competitor analysis