In Focus Edge Innovators with Disruptive Potential: EdgeConneX, MobiledgeX, and Mutable

C. Drake

Summary Bullets:

  • EdgeConneX, MobiledgeX, and Mutable are three edge computing startups whose innovative business models have potential to shape the future evolution of edge computing.
  • Central to these companies’ strategies is a focus on providing custom-built solutions and empowering app developers with new infrastructure tools and capabilities at the edge.

Among those companies that will shape the future evolution of edge computing, not all are current tech sector heavyweights.  A new ‘In Focus’ report from GlobalData (“In Focus: Edge Computing”) explores three startups that are targeting emerging edge computing opportunities with innovative business models that have disruptive market potential: EdgeConneX, MobiledgeX, and Mutable.

Edge computing involves the redistribution of compute and other data processing resources closer to the locations where data is collected and where digital applications are developed, hosted, and consumed by end users.  Although not an entirely new phenomenon – forms of edge computing have been around for years – the current, widespread focus on new edge computing strategies and technology solutions is being driven by an interest in edge computing’s potential to enable a host of new applications, especially those that leverage large amounts of data and which depend on real-time data processing capabilities, including autonomous, driverless vehicles and virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR, AR, XR) applications.

The market for edge computing solutions is diverse and becoming ever more competitive.  Edge computing opportunities are being targeted by IT infrastructure vendors, as well as telecoms network operators, cloud service providers, content delivery networks (CDNs), systems integrators, and others.  Alongside a broad range of dedicated edge infrastructure solutions that include dedicated edge servers, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions, and micro data centers is an expanding number of solutions that offer enterprises more flexible ways to consume edge computing.  These include edge infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings, which apply a cloud consumption model to edge computing, allowing customers to pay only for the resources they need, rather than owning the underlying infrastructure.

Some companies, such as EdgeConneX, work with industry partners to deliver custom-built edge data centers wherever enterprises need them, and according to specific demand criteria.  Others, including MobiledgeX and Mutable, have developed business models that aim to help telecoms network operators leverage existing, often underutilized compute and other data center resources.  These are then made available as part of edge IaaS offerings that can benefit both the network operators and their enterprise customers.  Central to these strategies is a focus on empowering app developers with new infrastructure tools and capabilities at the edge.

GlobalData’s new ‘In Focus’ report examines the market momentum, key products, and go-to-market strategies of these three edge computing startups, as well as the challenges they face as they develop their businesses.  Early indications of their ability to win customers and attract support from both financiers and industry partners suggest that these companies will play an important role in driving the development of edge computing and shaping market dynamics.

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