Key use cases:
- Multi-access edge computing (MEC) applications
- Micro-cloud compute in network edge locations
- Latency and virtual gaming (AR/VR)
If you're a communications service provider (CSP), you may have enterprise clients that operate retail stores, factories, distribution centers and warehouses—many of which may be dispersed across
These diverse environments may require the need for distributed computing, which can necessitate expensive, environmentally hardened equipment in remote locations.
Your clients pay a premium for this equipment so it can operate in conditions that are very different than what you would typically find in a pristine, temperature-controlled IT data centers with physical
CSPs are helping their clients offload this burden by including micro-cloud compute capabilities—located in network edge locations or in regional datacenters.
With edge computing, their clients no longer have to purchase, install and maintain hardened IT infrastructure. This can translate into lowering both capital expense (CAPEX) and operating expense (OPEX). It
also opens up new business and revenue opportunities for the telecommunications provider.
Here's another example. In the world of high-end video gaming, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications have begun to emerge to meet both business and consumer needs. In order to provide
optimal experience, users need very low latency between movement and their visual field. High latency can lead to a very poor user experience, even creating unwanted physical symptoms like nausea.
CSPs can combine the power of both edge computing and 5G networking to reduce latency and drive an optimal user experience. The end result is a faster, near real-time experience that drives customer loyalty
and satisfaction and cements a positive brand image.
The status quo (offload computing capabilities to the edge):
- Data is housed on equipment that resides in non-ideal conditions (e.g. factories or distribution centers with poor air quality, temperatures, etc.).
- Industrial-grade equipment is at higher risk for failure, which puts the data at risk.
- Inability to update software and/or disseminate information to clients in timely manner.
The art of the possible with edge computing (offload computing capabilities to the edge):
- Offload data by including micro-cloud compute capabilities, located in network edge locations.
- Cleaner and safer operating environment can improve the safety and integrity of the data.
- Reduces risk of failure to update software and disseminate information to clients.
The status quo (virtual experiences):
- Poor user experience due to high latency.
- Form factor rendering is jeopardized.
The art of the possible with edge computing (virtual experiences):
- Provides optimal user experience: faster rendering, reduced lag time, etc.
- Increases the power of applications and related features.
- Delivers dynamic updates to the user.
Using autonomous edge management, CSPs can now effectively handle distributed computing at massive scale and variability, and at the rate of change necessary to address thousands of
heterogenous servers and devices across many locations simultaneously.