IDC’s 2021 Outlook for Edge Services

Blog Post by Steve Milmore, Director Corporate Communications

February 23, 2021

Edge services have quickly become a top priority for technology decision makers in a wide range of industries. While cloud computing has achieved widespread adoption, many organizations are bumping up against the limitations of its centralized nature. New technologies that demand sub-second response times, an explosion of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and data, and user expectations for consistent high-quality online experiences are pushing the industry toward the edge.


What’s the difference? Since data doesn’t have to travel all the way back to the central server, edge services can greatly reduce latency and enhance performance. The speed and flexibility afforded by this approach to handling content creates an exciting range of possibilities for organizations – and analysts are taking notice.


IDC’s InfoBrief on the outlook for Edge Services in 2021 calls out some significant predictions that could impact your business in the next few years.


  • By next year, 60% of all network resources will be deployed at remote edge or service provider locations, allowing business leaders to leverage the agility of their network resources, up from 20% from 2020.
  • By 2023 more than 50% of new enterprise IT infrastructure deployed will be at the edge rather than corporate data centers, up from less than 10% today.
  • The future for Edge looks bright, with 73% of those surveyed by IDC saying edge is a strategic investment for their organizations – and a competitive IT advantage.


Companies are under pressure to deliver more functionality, better responsiveness, higher quality, and improved personalization. As your competition pushes to innovate, you need to leverage every advantage to stay ahead. Edge compute is one of the key trends analysts such as IDC expect to give companies an advantage.


IDC taps into global trends and provides valuable insights in this paper including:

  • What are the motivations for edge services - both technical and business?
  • What are some common types of edge computing?
  • What use cases are best-suited to edge computing?
  • Essential guidance for edge services


If you’re looking to elevate your customer’s experience through reduced latency, and deliver innovative new applications, it’s time for your business to leverage the power of edge services. IDC’s InfoBrief “2021 Outlook for Edge Services” will give you an overview and understanding of how to use the edge cloud capabilities to give your business an edge on the competition.