GigaOm Radar for Kubernetes for Edge Computingv1.0

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Market Categories and Deployment Types
  3. Key Criteria Comparison
  4. GigaOm Radar
  5. Vendor Insights
  6. Analyst’s Take

1. Summary

Connected and smart devices are now in widespread use across all areas of business. In every industry—from retail to transport and logistics, healthcare to manufacturing, remote wind farms to autonomous vehicles—embedded computing devices are generating vast quantities of data.

This data is being created in a wide variety of locations well outside traditional data centers and cloud environments. Processing this data in traditional, more centralized locations presents a variety of challenges. Connectivity can be intermittent and unreliable. Bandwidth is constrained, and latency due to transport over great distances is high. These limitations mean that it makes sense to process data closer to where it is being created.

As the de facto standard for container orchestration at scale, Kubernetes, when adopted at the edge, brings the same orchestration and management capabilities that have made it so popular in cloud and data center environments. The diverse use cases and varied challenges of edge environments sorely need something like Kubernetes to help customers manage the complexity.

This GigaOm Radar report highlights key Kubernetes for edge computing vendors and equips IT decision-makers with the information needed to select the best fit for their business and use case requirements. In the corresponding GigaOm report “Key Criteria for Evaluating Kubernetes for Edge Computing Solutions,” we describe in more detail the key features and metrics that are used to evaluate vendors in this market.

How to Read this Report

This GigaOm report is one of a series of documents that helps IT organizations assess competing solutions in the context of well-defined features and criteria. For a fuller understanding, consider reviewing the following reports:

Key Criteria report: A detailed market sector analysis that assesses the impact that key product features and criteria have on top-line solution characteristics—such as scalability, performance, and TCO—that drive purchase decisions.

GigaOm Radar report: A forward-looking analysis that plots the relative value and progression of vendor solutions along multiple axes based on strategy and execution. The Radar report includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.

Solution Profile: An in-depth vendor analysis that builds on the framework developed in the Key Criteria and Radar reports to assess a company’s engagement within a technology sector. This analysis includes forward-looking guidance around both strategy and product.

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