How to unify the edge: new research note to download
There’s something there for telcos in edge computing. They can feel it, they can see it. More importantly, their customers can too. How to get to that something, though, is still being worked out.
The “something” is the ability to use the telco network edge as a space from which to deliver enhanced services, founded on cloud applications, to customers. They could also use that same edge to site network functions, to be able to access network resources more flexibly and dynamically.
One rising issue for the mobile operator is that delivering this service and application capability from the edge does not have a one-method-suits-all deployment model. Not all of the edge will be a telco edge. Some of it will sit in a telco private cloud, some even on the device, some in public cloud platforms, and some on the enterprise premises that utilise public cloud technology or other cloud platforms. Alongside these, the classic telco edge proposes the edge of the wireless network as a host for network functions, and for consumer and enterprise applications that have specific requirements relating to mobility, latency, security and throughput.
For the operator, all of this seems achievable and desirable if the management and orchestration of those diverse edges – public, private, on-premise, on-network – can be simplified and harmonised. Otherwise it’s a mess of different cloud platforms, management interfaces, cloud OS, tools and scripts.
A Research Brief from AvidThink delves into the detail of all of this. It tells us that, “The majority of communication service providers (CSPs) believe they have legitimate claims on the edge computing market.”