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2021 Edge Computing: Guarding The Edge

The near-instantaneous need to support and secure work-from-home, learn-from-home and telemedicine paradigms because of the COVID-19 was surely a challenge, but the speed, creativity and technical acumen displayed by solution providers around the globe showcased just how critical the IT channel is to keeping the economy running.

It also put the importance of guarding the edge in the limelight. As employees dispersed to their home offices and IT infrastructure became more distributed, the attack surface at risk for exploitation by hackers and other bad actors grew exponentially.

“We’ve seen an explosion in customers reassessing and reinvesting in security tools and technologies,” said Manak Ahluwalia, CEO of Waltham, Mass-based Aqueduct Technologies in the cover story of our Intelligent Edge Special Issue. Ahluwalia goes on to say that as more applications move to the cloud, coupled with the proliferation of employees accessing corporate tools via the internet and mobile devices, “many customers are starting to consume security at the edge.”

Serving as the building blocks of secure edge solutions are many of the technology vendors featured in our second-annual Edge Computing 100 list, which honors the key suppliers of edge hardware, software, services, IoT, 5G and security.

Here’s a look the some of the trends and technology vendors solution providers need to be aware of as they build secure intelligent edge solutions.

2021 Edge Computing 100
CRN shines the spotlight on 50 companies paving the way for edge computing with hardware, software and services, 25 driving innovation around IoT and 5G, and 25 addressing the security challenges in edge environments.

Edge Computing Security ‘Explosion’ Paves Way For New Channel Frontier
‘It’s about protecting that remote branch that didn’t exist a year and a half ago,’ said Computex Technology Solutions’ Faisal Bhutto. ‘If you have 4,000 employees, that’s roughly 4,000 edges.’

10 Hot Edge Computing Devices And Services To Check Out Now
CRN breaks down the hottest edge computing devices that are making waves in 2021 and driving the ever-expanding edge market.




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