IDC: Global edge computing investments to hit $232bn in 2024

Analyst firm IDC has got the abacus out again – and has forecast that worldwide spending on edge computing could hit $232 billion (£181.1bn) in 2024.

The figure is an increase of 15.4% on 2023, based on IDC’s Worldwide Edge Spending Guide, with the analyst citing artificial intelligence (AI) use cases as the primary growth driver.

IDC noted various emerging use cases to watch for, ranging from construction and utilities to retail; autonomous mining operations, site...

SASE market hits $8.4bn for 2023 with Zscaler top of the charts

The secure access service edge (SASE) market broke the $8 billion (£6.27bn) revenue barrier in 2023, according to Dell’Oro Group – a marker the industry analyst has described as a ‘significant milestone.’

The sector topped out at $8.4bn for 2023, at a 31% growth rate. From that overall revenue marker, the SSE (secure service edge) segment of the SASE market was at more than $4bn, with the SD-WAN segment surpassing $3bn, although at a slower growth rate than the previous...

Lenovo unveils edge AI initiatives across telecoms

MWC MWC has traditionally been the telcos’ playground – and Lenovo is leaning into this with a newly announced series of edge AI collaborations with Deutsche Telekom, Orange, and Telefonica.

The collaborations announced in Barcelona enable the telecom providers to create and deliver a broad array of AI workloads for customers, ranging from automated deployment of edge-to-cloud AI infrastructure, networking, software, orchestration, and management.

Perhaps the most...

Intel’s new platform promises edge performance with cloud simplicity

MWC Intel has announced the launch of a new Intel Edge Platform which aims to enable enterprises to run the gamut of edge and AI application development and deployment at scale – with the promise of ‘cloud-like simplicity.’

The platform, announced at MWC 2024, runs on an edge-native infrastructure which has OpenVino built in; an open source toolkit which accelerates AI inference while maintaining accuracy and optimising hardware use.

The theory is solid. Intel...

Nokia teams up with Austrian telco A1 for edge cloud network slicing test

Nokia has announced the successful completion of what is claimed to be the first 5G edge cloud network slicing trial, in conjunction with A1, Austria’s leading telecoms provider, and Microsoft.

The deployment entailed using Nokia’s 5G edge slicing solution, integrated with Microsoft Azure’s managed edge compute, on A1’s live commercial network in Vienna. The test comprised real-time HD video streaming, transmitting live camera feeds from several mobile devices with...

Casey’s gets a slice of Acumera’s edge to bolster its convenience stores

Casey’s, the third largest convenience store and fifth largest pizza chain in the United States, is furthering its digital transformation initiatives by employing an edge computing solution for its stores.

The company has selected Acumera Reliant Platform, an edge offering specifically around retail and hospitality, to operate locally in its more than 2,600 locations with high availability and without the need for WAN connectivity.

A primary benefit of the platform is...

Edge ROI opportunity strong – with telcos likeliest to foot the bill for infrastructure

Almost three quarters of organisations surveyed primarily across the technology and telecoms value chain have expressed intent to increase investments in edge computing over the coming 12 months.

That is the key finding from a new report by the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium (AECC) alongside GSMA Intelligence. The study polled 400 executives from five industries; mobile operators, network equipment vendors, cloud service providers and IoT service providers and system...

Ericsson and IIT Kharagpur team up for edge compute and AI research

Ericsson and the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) have announced a ‘long-term co-operation’ across edge compute, AI, and radio, to help develop technology towards 6G research.

The two organisations participated at a symposium on radio and network research at GS Sanyal School of Telecommunications (GSSST) to discuss developments and advancements for the future of networks and communication.

Two primary initiatives were finalised at the session....

Dutch sustainable edge data centre project gets EU green light

A consortium of seven Dutch companies and research institutes has gotten the green light from the European Commission for its project to develop a more sustainable edge data centre.

The MISD (Modular Integrated Sustainable Datacenter) project is under the IPCEI-CIS banner – an ‘important project of common European interest – cloud infrastructure and services’. The European Commission gave the green light to the IPCEI-CIS program on December 5, with funding being provided...

STMicroelectronics bolsters edge AI ecosystem with new suite

Semiconductor company STMicroelectronics has announced the launch of an edge AI product ecosystem which enables companies to embed AI-enabled ST products across various industrial applications.

The Switzerland-headquartered firm said the ST Edge AI Suite will enable customers to ‘jumpstart the design and deployment of billions of connected, autonomous things embedding artificial intelligence locally.’ Alongside this, the suite will ‘expand and integrate the multiple software...