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Key Criteria for Evaluating Kubernetes for Edge Computing Solutionsv1.0

An Evaluation Guide for Technology Decision-Makers

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Kubernetes for Edge Computing Primer
  3. Report Methodology
  4. Decision Criteria Analysis
  5. Evaluation Metrics
  6. Key Criteria: Impact Analysis
  7. 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 is high due to transport over great distances. Given these limitations, 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 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.

The GigaOm Key Criteria and Radar reports provide an overview of the Kubernetes for edge computing market, identify capabilities (table stakes, key criteria, and emerging technologies) and evaluation metrics (non-functional purchase drivers) for selecting a Kubernetes for edge computing solution, and detail vendors and products that excel. These reports give prospective buyers an overview of the top vendors in this sector and help decision-makers evaluate solutions and decide where to invest.

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.