Vendor strategies for public edge hardware

19 January 2023 | Research

Gorkem Yigit

Strategy report | PPTX and PDF (8 slides) | Edge and Media Platforms

"The question is whether Dell, Cisco, HPE and other hardware vendors should give up on the public edge market and focus on the private edge."


Most public edge nodes are being built using public cloud providers' (PCPs’) hardware by either PCPs themselves or by operators. Content delivery network (CDN) providers are also in-sourcing their servers. Nonetheless, there remain substantial opportunities for independent hardware vendors at the public edge, which we identify and evaluate in this report.

Information included in this report

  • Analysis of the competitive landscape for edge hardware providers at the public edge
  • Opportunities available to edge hardware providers at the public edge despite the trend for in-sourcing hardware
  • Typical architecture of a public edge node and a typical public edge deployment


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Gorkem Yigit

Research Director