Flying Into Edge Cloud

2 new analyst documents published this week

The potential of Edge Cloud in all its forms is sparking off increasing levels of creativity and innovation for applications closer to users and devices at the network edge; bringing new insights into how cloud computing itself may well have to change in order to support these new applications and services. The low-latency, resource-intensive processing needs of applications such as augmented reality, cognitive assistance, and remote machine control are frequently cited examples of where more compute power will be needed at aggregation points closer to users. In tactile and visual applications such as these, latency cannot be compromised.

With the Internet-of-Things, as the number of connected IoT devices continues to rise, so does backhaul traffic. In addition latency and round trip times (RTT) are also important. With aggregation at the edge, backhaul congestion can be avoided by processing the vast amount of data messages generated by IoT devices locally. Moreover, for battery-powered sensors or actuators, shorter RTTs to edge platforms also improve battery life. And so the list of potential new edge applications goes on, each with precise latency and processing needs supporting the growing case for edge cloud and multi-access edge computing in service provider networks.

A previous post discussed how the boundary of the virtual edge is being redefined and how existing brownfield sites can be retrofitted with platforms like Advantech’s Packetarium XLc carrier-grade blade-server which extends the same programming and deployment environment of the cloud to existing aggregations sites. This week, two interesting analyst documents were published that study the case of edge computing in various forms, and also contain references to the Packetarium XLc.

Edge Computing in Service Provider Networks

A new Whitepaper by Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown entitled “Edge Computing in Service Provider Networks” was published today.

The whitepaper discusses why change is coming to computing and networking architectures and why centralized cloud – today’s dominant paradigm – will remain vital to efficiently store and process information, but as demand for real-time processing and low-latency connectivity increases, edge computing will become progressively more important.

He emphasizes the critical role that service providers play at the edge and their unique position for the deployment of edge computing infrastructure that is close to the user and tightly integrated with the transport and access network. The white paper makes the case for edge computing in operator networks. It discusses the lead use-case for distributed cloud and the hardware requirements in edge data centers.

The whitepaper is available for download here.

Power at the edge

In her recent market report entitled “Power at the edge”, produced in collaboration with RCR Wireless, Monica Paolini of Senza Fili talks about location, location, location. The report discusses how Multiple-access Edge Computing (MEC), and edge computing in general, are gaining acceptance as we increasingly realize the power of location in wireless networks – and especially in virtualized ones. She goes on to note that although this doesn’t mean the centralized cloud or the big data centers hosting the network core will go away anytime soon. But a rebalancing act is definitely due.

The report explores the evolution of the edge’s role in fixed and mobile networks and how it may impact network optimization, value chain roles and relationships, business models, usage models and, ultimately, the subscriber experience.

The report is available for download here.

If you are on your way over to Barcelona and looking for some deeper understanding or new views on edge computing then don’t forget to download these two instructive reads before your trip!

At MWC17:

Visit Advantech at the Amarisoft booth along with AW2S (Hall 5 Stand 5K13) for a live vRAN demo – discover the flexibility it brings to System Integrators and the cost efficiencies that can be gained by MNOs.

You can also reserve a meeting at the Advantech Executive Meeting Room (Hall 5L16MR) to take a closer look at our latest Edge Platforms, and vE-CPEs, then experience a remote evaluation test-drive with one of our Platform Application Engineers.

Full details of our MWC17 presence and partner showcases can be found here.

Or drop in to see us at our Broadband Tapas Party on Wed Mar 1st at 18:00


Paul Stevens – Telecom Sector Marketing Director

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