Explore trends from a recent study examining how IT pros are shifting to a new hybrid IT infrastructure that combines edge performance with cloud agility to deliver engaging customer experiences and drive growth.

Cloud IT is agile IT

The migration to cloud showed enterprises they don’t have to operate IT infrastructure, freeing them up to focus on developing and deploying innovative new apps—and the majority want to keep it that way.

70% prefer only to manage apps and never manage infrastructure
79% say on-prem infrastructure is expensive and consumes necessary space 
59% would remove ALL computing from their organization’s premises

Off prem is on trend

Early adopters chose on-premises edge because the central cloud didn’t provide the performance, low latency and scale enterprises need for edge applications. But for many, a more agile, hybrid distributed model that extends cloud is now the answer.

Only 22% plan to keep on-prem computing as an integral part of their business
85% want hybrid cloud, on-prem and edge ecosystem with a single management system

Latency sensitivity means keeping data local

Applications with an ultra-low latency requirement—like robotics—don’t have time to travel to the public cloud to get the performance they need. Applications with a high volume of reads or writes, like streaming analytics platforms, face egress charges that add up quickly.

50% say in 5 years most mission-critical apps will require 5ms or less
74% agree an off-prem metro edge data center would meet their critical latency needs

Edge compute is cloud complete

Cloud and off-prem edge combined offer the best of both worlds, increasing virtualization, speed and computing power with the efficiencies of the cloud to move and process data workloads flexibly and securely, right where they’re needed.

90% say edge solutions provide the best balance of cost and performance between on-prem and cloud 
87% of organizations want the ability to move apps between major CSP data centers, colocation facilities, edge compute nodes and on-prem hardware 

Where Edge Computing outperforms the cloud

On-prem infrastructure
The public cloud
Edge Computing (On-prem or Off-prem)


Lowering latency


Improving overall application performance


Handling data intensive workloads 


Lowering TCO


Get the full report


Read the full Quadrant Research Report for insights into maximizing cloud agility with edge performance and how IT leaders are planning to use new edge solutions to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 4th Industrial Revolution.


Meet the platform built for low-latency cloud and edge 

Lumen Edge Compute is an ideal complement to cloud, unifying distributed hybrid infrastructures into a seamless solution for deploying next gen applications, compute or data with maximum interoperability, speed and low TCO. Our broad edge node reach, low latency and open platform approach make it affordable to deploy edge in the fewest sites possible and maintain flexibility by avoiding lock in.

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