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IDC: Global edge computing market to value $250bn in 2024



IDC: Global edge computing market to value $250bn in 2024


Worldwide spending on edge computing has been estimated to reach $250 billion by 2024, growing by a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12.5 per cent, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).

In the new Worldwide Edge Spending Guide from the IDC, the globa edge computing market will reach $250.6 billion in 2024.

According to Dave McCarthy, research director, edge strategies at IDC, edge products and services are powering the next wave of digital transformation.

“With the ability to place infrastructure and applications close to where data is generated and consumed, organizations of all types are looking to edge technology as a method of improving business agility and creating new customer experiences,” McCarthy said.

The stable of companies that are present and investing in edge computing continues to grow and increasingly includes a diverse set of competitors.

According to the IDC, familiar companies in the hyperscaler space include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Equinix, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Switch among others.

The report also cites physical infrastructure providers to include companies such as AMD, Dell Technologies, Ericsson, HPE, and Intel.

Meanwhile, services companies like AT&T, Lumen, and Verizon deliver critical networking capabilities to connect the thousands of planned and deployed edge datacenters.

IDC expects edge expenditures will be concentrated in the U.S. and Western Europe over the next several years.

In 2020, the global regional spending shares for the Americas, EMEA, and Asia/Pacific will be 45.0 per cent, 27.9 per cent, and 27.2 per cent, respectively.

From an industry perspective, 11 of the 19 standard industry segments will deliver 5 per cent or more of total worldwide spending in 2020.

The top two industries for edge spending throughout the forecast are discrete manufacturing and professional services, while retail will overtake process manufacturing to become the third largest industry by the end of the forecast.

Professional services will also see the fastest growth in edge spending with a five-year CAGR of 15.4 per cent.

From a technology perspective, services (including professional and provisioned services) will account for 46.2 per cent of all edge spending in 2024.

Hardware follows as the second largest technology category with a 32.2 per cent share of spending, while the remaining 21.6 cent will go to edge-related software.

“While no technology market has been spared from the economic impact of COVID-19, edge market suppliers are poised to experience sustained growth throughout the forecast from enterprise and service provider investments,” said Marcus Torchia, research director with IDC’s Customer Insights & Analysis group.

The concept of edge computing most often refers to intermediating infrastructure and critical services between core datacenters and intelligent end points

Proliferating enterprise and consumer devices benefit from a digitally transformed technology world through edge capabilities.

However edge is defined, the compute, storage, and networking cornerstones gird data creation, analysis, and management outside of the core.

A future is unfolding where extraordinary value and opportunity for essential products and services from a myriad of technology ecosystem stakeholders is being created.

The IDC Worldwide Edge Spending Guide quantifies the edge computing market by forecasting end user spending across 17 technology markets, six technology domains, 19 industries, and nine geographies.

This version (V1 2020) of the Spending Guide incorporates updated estimates for the impact of COVID-19 across all technology and industry markets as of the end of May 2020.

IDC’s Spending Guides provide a granular view of key technology markets from a regional, vertical industry, use case, buyer, and technology perspective.

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