Put intelligent edge cloud networks to work for your business

Intelligent edge cloud networks powered by 5G will bring disruptive change to the status quo. Here's how to use them to your advantage.

By | 2 minute read | October 19, 2020

Intelligent edge cloud networks will deliver raw performance, scale and flexibility to power the next decade of business transformation. Several distinct but converging technologies underpin intelligent edge cloud networks, namely 5G, edge computing, artificial intelligence and the “cloudification” of enterprise and telecom networks.

Cloudification is the evolution of networking to systems that are programmable, software-defined, automated, disaggregated, open, virtualized and/or cloud native. Networks no longer need to be the rigid, single-purpose closed systems of the past, but instead can be recast as multipurpose, self-service and open.

Intelligent edge cloud networks are best viewed as business platforms that enterprise leaders can use to digitally transform existing business processes, enable operational efficiency, mitigate risks and enhance customer experience. While it’s still early days, now is the time to begin strategizing what opportunities these new capabilities can bring to your business, including potential use cases, deployment and consumption models, and partner strategy. As with all disruptive technologies, there will be integration challenges, and careful planning is needed to address data privacy, security, interoperability and manageability.

The art of the possible

Intelligent edge cloud networks will deliver game-changing performance and flexibility. 5G, unlike any G evolution before it, was conceived with enterprise use cases in mind. Enhanced broadband services (up to 10 Gbps) are combined with ultra-reliable low latency and massive IoT deployments (up to 1 million devices per square kilometer). These three network modalities are supported by a single physical deployment of network infrastructure and edge servers managed by the IT department, a telco or trusted partner.

For telecom operators, 5G with edge computing opens new revenue and value chain possibilities. For enterprise leaders, it can lead to complete digital reinvention of existing processes—replacing multiple expensive, proprietary network silos with a single, high-performance network—delivering a completely new user experience. Autonomous vehicles, augmented reality/virtual reality, industrial robotics, telehealth systems, massive IoT sensor installations, video analytics—these each present use cases readily served with better performance or economics as compared to current alternatives.

The most important question to be asking your leadership team is “How can we put intelligent edge cloud networks to work for us?” These high-performance networks will be the on-ramp of choice for IoT devices and will provide a key computing venue for AI workloads at the edge. According to a recent survey from 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise: IoT service, 46% of respondents expected to use 5G as their primary IoT device connectivity technology within two years.

Take an intelligent next step

Intelligent edge cloud networks will bring disruptive change to the status quo. Success will come to those who harness the power of these technologies quickest and those who can execute change programs to align strategy, people and processes accordingly. One thing that’s abundantly clear is that adopting use cases enabled by an intelligent 5G edge network will be a disruptive event for enterprise employees, partners and customers alike. Anticipating push-back with clarity of purpose, executive stewardship at the CIO/CTO level can ensure the tailwind required to make a giant leap.

For more on intelligent edge and 5G, check out this report that provides best practices and recommended next steps.