5G Factor Video Research Note: Juniper Cloud Metro – How Cloud Metro is Becoming the New Edge
by Ron Westfall and Shelly Kramer | March 29, 2023

For this vignette of a recent episode of the Futurum Tech Webcast, part of the 5G Factor series, analysts Ron Westfall and Shelly Kramer assess how the Cloud Metro is becoming the “New Edge”, where a great deal of the data traffic action is expected to take place, including certainly across 5G networks.

Their conversation accentuated:

  • How up to 50% of all enterprise data will be distributed in edge clouds by 2025.
  • More subscribers declaring their interest to pay for excellent service experience across apps such as cloud gaming.
  • The impact of the projected fivefold growth of metro transport traffic from 2021 to 2027.

Ron and Shelly underscore that the edge computing is expected to have a total addressable market of a half trillion dollars ($500 billion) by 2030 and how that fuels more demand for cloud metro solutions where connectivity, edge cloud hosting, and powering service experience outcomes are all expected to converge.

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Shelly Kramer: Essentially the way that I look at it is that Metro kind of becomes the new Edge. What do you think about that?

Ron Westfall: Well, I think that’s a very apt characterization. I think we’re seeing that not just at Mobile Wolf Congress where Juniper raised both its profile and its game, I believe, but also we’re looking at various critical industry trends that are driving the Metro to becoming the new Edge, really where all the action is going on or certainly critical portions of the action is going on. And so I view it as this is where our connectivity, edge cloud hosting and service experience outcomes are really converging. And this includes, I think, information that we’re seeing that’s basically a consensus. For example, in the consumer side, we see that many of them are willing to pay for a premium service, that is to have quality of experience assurances that can guarantee something like cloud gaming or video surveillance, and things of that nature. But I think it’s not just about consumers, it’s certainly about the business side, the enterprise side.

Shelly Kramer: Absolutely.

Ron Westfall: And what I think is important here is that enterprise data will be increasingly distributed throughout Edge clouds. In fact, by the year of 2025, over half of this traffic will be residing in that environment. And so this is why it really becomes imperative to know what is going on with Metro Cloud in terms of, for example, that we can anticipate that Metro traffic will increase by fivefold, that is 500% over the next few years through 2027. So that reinforces the fact like, yes, this is the new Edge, Metro cloud is where the action is happening, and this is resulting in projections like by the end of the decade, this will be a $500 billion business. Let me rephrase that. It’ll be a half trillion dollar business by the end of the decade. So already we’re talking multi-billions in the very near turn. And so this is definitely a space that, one, a supplier needs to bet on, but it’s also a very smart, solid bet. And that’s why I see the Juniper Cloud Metro portfolio is really teed up to really take advantage of these opportunities.

Shelly Kramer: Yeah, absolutely. To follow on your comments with some additional stats that I think are interesting is, well, by 2022, we’re already there, 82% of video IP traffic, video caching is getting distributed into Metro. And so we’re seeing mobile data traffic, which will increase 54% by 2025. And by 2025, 30% of workloads will reside in Edge Cloud. So what you’ve got is you’ve got Metro, and then you’ve got all of these things around it kind of feeding into it. And that’s really where I think the key part of the value proposition there is.

About the Authors

Ron is an experienced research expert and analyst, with over 20 years of experience in the digital and IT transformation markets. He is a recognized authority at tracking the evolution of and identifying the key disruptive trends within the service enablement ecosystem, including software and services, infrastructure, 5G/IoT, AI/analytics, security, cloud computing, revenue management, and regulatory issues. Read Full Bio.

Shelly Kramer is a Principal Analyst and Founding Partner at Futurum Research. A serial entrepreneur with a technology centric focus, she has worked alongside some of the world’s largest brands to embrace disruption and spur innovation, understand and address the realities of the connected customer, and help navigate the process of digital transformation. She brings 20 years' experience as a brand strategist to her work at Futurum, and has deep experience helping global companies with marketing challenges, GTM strategies, messaging development, and driving strategy and digital transformation for B2B brands across multiple verticals. Shelly's coverage areas include Collaboration/CX/SaaS, platforms, ESG, and Cybersecurity, as well as topics and trends related to the Future of Work, the transformation of the workplace and how people and technology are driving that transformation. A transplanted New Yorker, she has learned to love life in the Midwest, and has firsthand experience that some of the most innovative minds and most successful companies in the world also happen to live in “flyover country.”