It’s true that edge computing is hard to define and is running high on the hype scale. But research and surveys continue to indicate that this trend of processing data where it’s collected for better latency, cost savings and real-time analysis is an innovation with legs. There will be 75 billion IoT devices by 2025, according to Statista.

According to Spiceworks’ “2019 State of IT” report, 32% of large enterprises with more than 5,000 employees are using edge computing, and an additional 33% plan to adopt it by 2020.Tied to the growth of edge computing is the advent of 5G wireless: 51 operators globally will start 5G services by 2020, according to Deloitte Global research from 2019.

The major cloud companies are also investing in the edge. The AWS Local Zones service allows single-digit latency connecting to computing resources in a metro environment, while Microsoft offers the Azure Stack Edge appliance and Google Cloud IoT is a “complete set of tools to connect, process, store, and analyze data both at the edge and in the cloud.” It’s safe to say that edge computing is becoming mainstream and CIOs and their IT operations leaders should plan appropriately for it in 2020 and beyond.