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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.

5. Tech Industry Embraces Secure Access Service Edge Trend

Secure Access Service Edge, also known as SASE (Pronounced Sassy), was widely accepted last year as the evolution of SD-WAN products and services, with an injection of security.

Today, SASE combines network security functions with WAN capabilities to support the quickly changing access needs of businesses all over the world. 2020 saw a number of SASE announcements, as well as several mergers between incumbent networking leaders and pure play SD-WAN providers, including Palo Alto‘s CloudGenix purchase and HPE/Aruba scooping up Silver Peak.

Gartner's 2020 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure report contained 17 vendors that matured their SD-WAN offerings with the addition of security, analytics, and managed solutions. To that end, the report last year included four new leaders, including Cisco, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, and Versa Networks.

 
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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