Eclipse Foundation Maps Rise of IoT/Edge Deployments, Lists Recommendations – Virtualization Review


Eclipse Foundation Maps Rise in IoT/Edge Deployments, Lists Recommendations

Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing deployments are on the rise across the board, according to a new report from the Eclipse Foundation, which lists vendor-neutral recommendations for companies getting involved.

According to the open-source champion’s new 2022 IoT & Edge Commercial Adoption Survey Report, most respondents (53 percent) to a survey say they are currently adopting IoT solutions, with 24 percent planning to do so within the next 12 to 24 months. while 18 percent plan to do so evaluating current deployments.

[Click on image for larger view.] IoT growth (Source: Eclipse Foundation).

On the edge computing side, the numbers are similar: 53 percent of organizations are either using edge technology or planning to use it within 12 months, while another 20 percent are currently evaluating deployments.

[Click on image for larger view.] Edge growth (Source: Eclipse Foundation).

In addition, the report notes a shift toward higher investments for both IoT and Edge, along with a trend toward a greater number of IoT/Edge assets managed per deployment.

The purpose of the report is to gain a better understanding of the IoT and edge computing ecosystems by identifying the needs, priorities, and challenges faced by organizations that deploy and use commercial solutions, including those based on Open -Source-based technologies, the organization says.

Other highlights of the report presented by the Foundation include:

Organizations in 2022 continue to see the use of IoT/Edge technologies as strategic (spend decisions are made at executive level 38 percent of the time). Open source plays an important role (73 percent of companies include open source in their deployment plans). According to respondents, the top three advantages of open source include: the ability to customize or influence code in projects (30 percent); flexibility (22 percent); and cost benefits (16 percent) The most common operational challenges for IoT & Edge are: 1) connectivity; 2) security; and 3) data collection and analysis. There is a growing trend toward a hybrid cloud strategy (42 percent of respondents say IoT deployments use or will use hybrid cloud)

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In addition to numerous charts and graphs depicting all of the above, the group also made these recommendations to organizations, vendors, and vendors:

Enterprise: Select vendors and service providers that support open standards and the use of customizable, production-ready, open-source building blocks. Open source enables scalability and flexibility in IoT and Edge solutions while avoiding the commitment and cost issues associated with proprietary solutions. Support vendor-agnostic IoT and edge computing ecosystems if they really want to benefit from open source in the long term. Contributing to relevant open source projects and communities helps their employees develop valuable skills while ensuring the long-term viability of these projects and communities. Solution Provider: Integrate open-source platforms that can run seamlessly across the edge-to-cloud continuum, with an emphasis on hybrid, multi-cloud, and private cloud offerings that enable customers to use a public cloud for their mission-critical tasks to avoid data. Include edge computing in your offering. Edge computing offers many benefits, including reduced latency, bandwidth savings, and system resiliency. To remain competitive, solution providers absolutely need an edge computing strategy. Platform and Software Providers: Implement data security and sovereignty solutions for devices and applications. Organizations need to pay particular attention to their ability to maintain control over data flow and storage, e.g. B. for data collected by IoT sensors and devices. In addition, they must ensure the confidentiality and integrity of customer data. Build offerings that streamline specific workflows and/or mitigate specific challenges. There is already a plethora of generic platforms and technologies on the market. In order to differentiate themselves, organizations must develop features and capabilities that set them apart.

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The online survey was conducted from April 1, 2022 to June 15, 2022 with 261 participants.

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David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.