The Edge Opportunity Is Real, Yet Organizations Cite Hurdles to Unlocking Its Full Potential
The ability of organizations to realize business value from data increasingly depends on their capacity to collect, process, store and analyze it at the Edge, new research from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, suggests.
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As networks become increasingly congested with huge volumes of data generated from user and IoT devices, IT leaders are recognizing that analyzing real-time data nearer to the Edge yields greater efficiencies and insights, which results in improved business outcomes. According to a global study of 2,400 IT decision-makers (ITDMs), 72% are already actively using Edge technologies to deliver new outcomes, with another 16% planning to do so in the next year. There is also a growing recognition (82%) of the urgency around the need to implement integrated systems to handle data at the Edge.
Moreover, the maturity of a company's deployment at the Edge is strongly correlated with its ability to derive value from the data collected from devices. Seventy-eight percent of ITDMs in production deployments with Edge technologies said they were in a position to use this data to improve business decisions or processes. That compares with just 42% of ITDMs who are only at the pilot stage and 31% who are planning pilots in the next year.
"This research suggests that the vast majority of IT leaders are already embracing the Edge or are preparing to," said Partha Narasimhan, CTO and HPE Senior Fellow for Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. "Developing an Edge strategy against the backdrop of existing cloud implementations is becoming a necessity as the number of connected devices increases and it becomes impractical to transfer vast volumes of data to a cloud or data center environment, especially as organizations undergo digital transformation to advance their business objectives and address customer needs."
The survey findings form part of a report entitled, "At the Edge of Change: Navigating the New Data Era," that assesses the implications of the shift in data processing from cloud to Edge, how ITDMs are responding to this trend, the opportunities the Edge presents for a number of major industries and the critical role networking plays in this transformation. Key findings reveal:
Organizations are Drowning in Data, Yet See the Edge as a Solution
The benefits of Edge technologies are becoming increasingly important as ITDMs grapple with the growing amounts of data generated within their networks and look towards the cost and latency advantages of storing and processing it at the Edge.
Boosting Efficiency and Creating New Experiences Ranked at the Top
ITDMs cite a variety of benefits from capturing and analyzing data at the Edge, from operational efficiencies to the opportunity to create new products, services and revenue streams.
While ITDMs show a growing interest in processing and analyzing data at the Edge, they are also concerned about various barriers to adoption.
Bridging Edge to Cloud
As businesses continue to increase their dependence upon data, it is critical that it is analyzed and processed at the source of collection reliably and securely. Traditional network architectures and operational processes built to support the cloud and mobility era need to adapt to these new requirements.
As organizations begin to consider harnessing the power of their data and building an Edge infrastructure, there are a few key concepts to keep in mind for a successful implementation:
"Harnessing insights at the Edge is an opportunity for enterprises to revolutionize their approach to data and unlock its value as a business asset," concludes Narasimhan. "Organizations that can process, store and analyze data at the Edge will be able to use that data first to optimize their existing business model, and over time, will develop innovative products, services and experiences that will not only augment, but transform their offerings for customers and employees."
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Aruba commissioned independent market research company Vanson Bourne to conduct a quantitative research study with 2,400 IT decision makers in May 2020 in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Russia, UAE, Turkey, India, Singapore, Japan, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Brazil, and Mexico. Respondents came from organizations with 500 or more employees, from the Education, Financial services, Government, Healthcare, Hotels and Hospitality, Industrial, IT and Retail sectors. All interviews were conducted using a rigorous multi-level screening process to ensure that only suitable candidates were given the opportunity to participate.
About Vanson Bourne
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About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is the global leader in secure, intelligent edge-to-cloud networking solutions that use AI to automate the network, while harnessing data to drive powerful business outcomes. With Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) and as-a-service options, Aruba takes a cloud-native approach to helping customers meet their connectivity, security, and financial requirements across campus, branch, data center, and remote worker environments, covering all aspects of wired, wireless LAN, and wide area networking (WAN).
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