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IDC Whitepaper: The Dawn of the Intelligent Edge Era

IDC Whitepaper: The Dawn of the Intelligent Edge Era

Cisco
Published by: Research Desk Released: Sep 24, 2020

Enterprise IT is entering a new frontier: the era of the intelligent edge. The intelligent edge is where people, devices, and things connect to the digital world. In the intelligent edge era, data is processed close to where it is generated to ensure real-time analysis drives new business outcomes. The emergence of the intelligent edge era is being driven by a handful of factors. First, the amount of data generated in the world continues to expand exponentially. In the coming years, the amount of global data created by connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be in the scores of zettabytes (ZB). There has been a fundamental realization among enterprises that data of all types can be leveraged to improve internal operations, weather economic downturns, enhance customer experiences (CXs), and expand business opportunities. Data doesn’t reside solely in centralized datacenters though, it is being created, and must be processed in real time, at the edge. Enterprises have significant opportunity to benefit from the intelligent edge, but there is one central, key component that enables this new era: the network.