How Developers Can Get Started with Edge Computing
Edge Computing is revolutionizing data consumption, storage, and processing. With this conversation dominating the industry, let’s not forget the most important consideration – choosing the right platform to enable digital transformation.
This recent report from STL Partners introduces edge computing, outlines what edge platforms are, and explains why developers should be interested. Case studies on application developers demonstrate how the media and entertainment industry is benefitting from edge computing.
According to the report, “For most, rearchitecting applications to run some workloads at the edge and some in the cloud will not be insignificant. The right platform must be in place to make this as painless as possible.
Among the limited edge platforms available in the market, StackPath looks to support early adopter use cases within media and gaming, with a longer-term view to AdTech and IoT use cases, as detailed in STL’s report:
Dallas-based StackPath offers CDN, ADN, and WAF applications. StackPath’s belief is that media and gaming will be the first set of users to adopt edge computing, and more specifically highlighted use cases around video delivery and transcoding, dynamic ad insertion, and advertising analytics.
StackPath’s key focus is to ensure that developers have full flexibility around their deployment model at the edge. Instead of offering serverless deployments only (where developers rely on a third-party to manage and assign compute resources to execute their code), StackPath can also support container and virtual machine deployments. This strategy will likely enable them to focus on a broader range of use cases in the future. They highlighted IoT and distributed edge architecture for blockchain use cases, as well as offering specialized computing such as GPUs (graphic processing units) at the edge, as part of their future ambitions.
StackPath’s key focus is to create a high performing edge with optimal uptime and availability for developers. Going forward, having access to a huge footprint of compute resources, including the network edge (through partnerships with telecoms operators and cable companies), will be crucial to its strategy.
About STL Partners
STL Partners is a research and analyst firm that specializes in the telecoms industry. STL Partners works with operators, vendors, and technology companies to drive new growth and explores areas such as edge computing, telco cloud, and digital health.