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As distributed resources from wired, wireless, cloud and Internet of Things networks grow, the need for a more intelligent network edge is growing with it.

Network World’s 8th annual State of the Network survey shows the growing importance of edge networking, finding that 56% of respondents have plans for edge computing in their organizations.

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Typically, edge networking entails sending data to a local device that includes compute, storage and network connectivity in a small form factor. Data is processed at the edge, and all or a portion of it is sent to the central processing or storage repository in a corporate data center or infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud.

“Computing is moving closer to the edge of the network, giving organizations the ability to analyze data in near real-time,” the study says. “Edge computing reduces latency because data does not have to traverse over a network to a data center or cloud for processing.”

The Network World 2018 State of the Network study is based on 268 completed surveys from respondents with a wide variety of duties, including application development, cloud services, computing hardware, data center, data analytics and telecommunications. The study was conducted among the audiences of six IDG Communications’ brands (CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World) representing IT and security decision-makers.

Edge networking was only one of the areas of growing interest revealed in the study. Another hot technology is Intent-Based Networking (IBN) which basically employs automation, analytics, intelligent software and policies that let network administrators define what they want the network to do.

Cisco, Juniper along with startups such as Apstra have made IBN technology a relatively new industry buzzword and the study proves that out: More than half of network professionals that we surveyed are familiar with intent-based networking (54%), and one-third of them work at companies with IT budgets of more than $1 billion.

“It’s not surprising then that only 3% report adoption of an intent-based network and 8% are beginning to execute an intent-based networking strategy, including investing in SDN [software-defined networking], virtualization, machine learning, model-based APIs and security tools. A larger pool (38%) have not yet considered this strategy but plan to begin research in the next 12 months,” Network World wrote.