This is the key layer that delivers a standard platform to enable CSPs or enterprise customers to connect and have access to services/applications that can run at all of the edge locations.
This aspect of management is focused on how it enables services to execute and connect, orchestrating the applications, resources, and service delivery. Ovum expects this layer to be an expansion of the multicloud management market, which, according to Ovum's forecasts (Software Market Forecasts: Infrastructure, 2017–22) will be worth $11bn by 2022.
This layer is where the applications can be discovered and accessed by customers to run workloads at the edge. The key development in this layer will be the different types of application being deployed at the edge. Ovum considers that these applications will initially be focused on those markets where edge is most mature, but if the edge is to become more ubiquitous then the application layer is critical to driving edge adoption.
In Ovum's opinion, this layer is where the biggest market opportunity exists as ISVs will want to ensure they have solutions that enable the connection of edge to core applications delivering an integrated solution.
This layer is how the enterprise customers or CSPs can manage the entire cloud environment from a cost, service quality, and performance perspective. This layer, although part of the edge total available market, is more likely to be an extension of the existing operational management market. The UK government's ability to use data to shape public policy and deliver better outcomes for citizens remains predominantly aspirational. To date, the government's focus has been on transparency and open data, preferring to leave the thorny issue of inter-agency data sharing alone. However, the UK is now tackling this issue head-on with the Digital Economy Bill.
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