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Global IT Decision Makers: Low-latency is a competitive advantage

Based on a recent Quadrant Strategies survey that included more than 1700+ senior IT decision makers and C-suite executives worldwide,1 a secure, distributed edge computing architecture is crucial to delivering next-level business outcomes and customer experiences.

of Global IT Decision Makers say that in 5 years their most mission-critical application will require 5 milliseconds or less.1

of Global IT Decision Makers say edge computing will have a positive impact on spurring innovation.1

of Global IT Decision Makers say their organisations’ latency challenges can only be solved by edge computing.1

Where is the edge?

The edge may be on-premises, near premises, in a CDN, in end-user devices or a combination of these, but if you only think about edge as a location you will not have everything you need. Watch the video to hear our CMO, Shaun Andrews, explain why. 

(Video: 1:28)


Barriers to edge adoption2

are concerned about high latency
are concerned about data security
are concerned about network reliability
are concerned with cloud and colocation fees
want a single tool to manage apps across cloud, edge and on-prem

Benefits of edge adoption2

Benefits to your business


say edge can help them serve customers more efficiently


say edge will have a positive impact on spurring innovation

Benefits to your IT Team


say edge offers the best balance of on-prem and public cloud cost and performance


say edge could provide the capacity to process data-intensive models

Trend report: The Edge Compute Imperative

What you’ll learn:

  • Which factors are driving your peers to the edge
  • Benefits of edge compute workloads vs. on-prem and public cloud
  • Why network latency and security matter in the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Why organisations need trusted partners to help them maximise the value of their edge solutions

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Hear from edge experts


Find out why major logistics companies, manufacturers and online entertainment providers are choosing Lumen® Edge Computing Solutions.

Video (1:34) 


Learn how Lumen Edge Computing Solutions can help you distribute software innovations to the place on your network where they make the greatest impact.

Video: (1:44)


Discover how built-in security capabilities make the Lumen cloud edge ecosystem unique.

Video: (1:41)


Hear how edge extends the cloud and why networking matters at the edge.

Video: (1:21)

5ms is the crucial number for IT leaders

96% of U.S. IT decision makers say they would be more likely to move critical workloads to the edge if their edge network could cover 95% of the U.S. within 5 milliseconds.1 Lumen Edge Computing Solutions are part of an ecosystem including edge nodes designed for 5ms of latency or better.

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1 Quadrant Strategies, Global Poll: Edge Computing Trends, Barriers and Benefits, April 2021.
2 Quadrant Strategies, Global Target Verticals: Edge Computing Benefits and Barriers, April 2021

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