Edge cloud takes compute capacity to where the traffic is
Cloud computing is transforming the telecoms landscape, offering flexibility and lower total costs, plus high service availability. Yet, current cloud-based networks rely on centralized architecture. The drawback is that this architecture cannot cost-effectively support the ultra-low latency and extreme throughput demanded by the Internet of Things and 5G.
Instead, cloud capabilities must be distributed across the network to form an edge cloud, which places computing resources where the traffic is - at the edge of the network. This enables network functions like Cloud RAN to run at the edge of the network.
AirFrame open edge server will be fundamental to distributing computing capacity in the network and driving the implementation of Cloud RAN, Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and ultimately 5G.
The ultra-small footprint provided by the Edge Cloud solution is complemented by real-time optimized, OPNFV compatible cloud infrastructure with OpenStack distribution built to run in small datacenters while providing the performance and low latency required by solutions like Cloud RAN. This first edge optimized cloud infrastructure enables carrier-grade high availability as well as flexible scalability from single server edge cloud to multi-rack solutions. It offers the solution ease of deployment with remote upgrade automation and configuration management.
The edge cloud will be a fundamental asset for service providers to support new services and applications, opening new vertical market opportunities. The industry needs to start preparing and implementing edge infrastructure now to address these business opportunities and be ready for the next evolutionary steps of their networks, including 5G.