At&t wants to reinvent the cloud by using low latency edge computing over 5G

RingPlus News Service Los Angeles July 18, 2017:

According to an At&t press release, the company is looking to “reinvent the cloud” to better support next generation technologies as they continue to invest in edge computing and 5G network. They are also looking to have “single digit millisecond latency” to provide access to these services more efficiently. Edge computing occurs when data is processed at the edge of the network instead of relying on the cloud or fixed data center for processing power. With this, data analysis would be sped up as well lower latency and shrink the amount of network traffic there is. The rollout of 5G will make edge computing work better than currently expected plus push it to new heights.

In the release, At&t states that instead of data being sent to their core data centers, the data will be processed at the edge of the network. So it will be on towers, central offices, and small cells. These facilities would be set up with general purpose computers and GPUs to assist in taking on the processing.

At&t believes that advancement in edge computing along with 5G can improve many organizations ability to develop emerging technologies.

  1. IoT- Edge computing would make it easier to process data from sensors and beacons, allowing faster insights into customer behavior along with other information.

  2. Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality- Better processing and lower latency can speed up graphics and reduce lag which leads to an improved user experience.

  3. Robotics manufacturing- Faster processing and less latency will make it easier for robots to received information and perform better.

  4. Autonomous vehicles- Communication in sensors and vehicle could lead to a much safer ride and improve the vehicle’s ability to function at its best.

The above examples are just some of the improvements that can be made using edge computing along with 5G. With At&t placing the goal of virtualizing 75% of its network functions by 2020, it’s exciting to know that they are set to pass the 55% mark this year.

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