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Cloud Communications 2026: Why Edge Computing is the Next Wave for Communications

Zeus Kerravala  (Principal Analyst, ZK Research)

Date: Tuesday, March 28

Time: 8:00 am - 8:45 am

Pass Type: Entire Event Orlando - Monday-Thursday, Tues - Thurs Conference Orlando - Get your pass now!

Session Type: Session

Track: Communications & Collaboration 2026

Vault Recording: TBD

While cloud will continue to be the dominant trend in network architectures, the very definition cloud is changing. To date, the cloud, which includes both public and private models, has been built on the concept of centralized computing. The industry sits on the precipice of the next wave of cloud - distributed cloud, driven by the rise of edge computing. There is good reason to believe that the edge computing trend will hit enterprise communications/collaboration over the next three years —so what should you do to be ready and to leverage this trend as the opportunity presents itself? In this session, a leading analyst will describe where edge computing is being deployed now, and what applications and scenarios make the most sense for communications/collaboration deployments. You'll learn the cost/benefits of edge computing architectures, and how to overlay these factors on your communications/collaboration deployment to determine whether and how to explore edge computing in this space. And you'll come away better prepared to incorporate edge computing into your strategic plan for communications/collaboration where appropriate.

Takeaways:

  • Understand what edge computing architectures look like; how they’re currently being used; and what benefits enterprises are seeing from them.
  • How edge computing interoperates with existing clouds to create a distributed model
  • Learn the business case for edge computing in general, and specifically how it may emerge in the world of communications/collaboration
  • How business will shift from being developer led to end user led
  • Understand what portions of your communications/collaboration systems may be best suited to a distributed / edge computing architecture
  • Become acquainted with the industry players enabling edge computing today, and which providers are most likely to adopt and promote edge models in communications/collaboration.