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The 10 Biggest Edge Computing News Stories Of 2020

Gina Narcisi

Market consolidation and startups entering the fold affected the edge computing space in 2020, but perhaps no force was as powerful as the COVID-19 pandemic, which changed the IT landscape all over the globe and brought with a slew of new opportunities as the edge – not the campus or data center – network.

2. Edge Computing In the Time Of COVID-19

Businesses all over the world had to make swift changes to their network infrastructure in order to support and power brand new use cases, such as curbside services for retail and restaurant locations, as well as pop-up testing and medical services in outdoor areas. Edge networking solutions were needed to make this possible.

Rather than focusing only on campus or data center networking, the edge is about looking at where people and devices are functioning. Edge solutions from vendors and solution providers last year got dropped into areas to ensure social distancing and to check for fevers before entry into building, for example.

 
Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.

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