Going beyond edge computing

with distributed cloud

Edge computing with distributed cloud

With an increasing interest in new use cases such as smart manufacturing, augmented reality and a multitude of IoT applications, there is a need for an infrastructure with edge computing and distributed cloud capabilities.

What is Edge Computing?


Edge computing provides compute and storage resources with adequate connectivity (networking) close to the devices generating traffic.


Benefits of Edge Computing


The benefit is the ability to provide new services with high requirements on e.g. latency or on local break-out possibilities to save bandwidth in the network – data should not have to travel far in the network to reach the server. Regulatory compliance and network scalability are also important edge computing drivers.


Many use-cases for IoT and 5G span the device, access-, distributed-, national- and global sites. For example, an augmented reality solution comprises a client on a device, a component supporting video processing, a CDN/caching function at a distributed site and a backend at a national- or global site. This requires a solution that can handle any workload, anywhere in the network, with end to end orchestration. Distributed cloud is doing this - managing different types of sites where the location of the edge depends on the use case.


Why is orchestration beneficial for the distributed cloud?


Distributed cloud goes along with automated deployment of applications at just the right location in the network to optimize resource efficiency and user experience. For that reason, orchestration is a key capability providing end to end management of networking, cloud infrastructure and workload placement.


The dynamic orchestration simplifies the complexity of the network enabling intelligent placement of workloads to everyone. The intelligent placement is policy driven and based on criteria such as latency, geolocation, and throughput.


Going forward, finding the optimal placement in the network will typically be enhanced by using artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Why is the edge important for service providers?​ ​

We have already talked about how 5G and IoT use cases drives a new set of requirements on the network. Those requirements are impacting the cloud infrastructure as well. We can no longer stay in the large data centers if we are to achieve the goals of 5G where 25% of the use cases will depend on an edge infrastructure. The need to reduce latency will mean that also compute resources needs to be located towards the edge and the deep edge.​

And this is where Ericsson is taking not only about edge computing but also how it fits with orchestration, NFVi and 5G network slices.​

Get an understanding of Ericsson’s NFVI Solution by register to this on-demand webinar from SDN NFV Congress in October 2019.​

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Implementing Edge Computing

Edge computing and 5G

With increasing interest in new use cases like smart manufacturing and AR/VR, as well as upcoming 5G radio networks, there is a clear need for distributed networks. Download our paper on Edge Computing and 5G to learn more.

Paper - Edge Computing and 5G

Webinar: Harnessing Edge Computing for 5G Success

Watch how communication service providers, using their strategic assets, can explore different business models for value creation and what role they can take in the edge computing ecosystem.

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Webinar: Edge computing value generation

How Distributed Cloud and 5G help speed up edge application development and generate value for communication service providers.

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Edge computing use cases

There are several interesting use cases related to manufacturing, automotive, and the media and entertainment industries for edge computing and distributed cloud. As an example - the automotive industry with connected vehicles is an industry demanding edge computing. The creation and distribution of advanced maps with real-time data, and advanced driving assistance using cloud-based analytics of video streams are all examples of emerging services.

Read about edge for automotive industry

Take a deep dive into edge computing architecture

Distributed cloud is a cloud execution environment that is geographically distributed across multiple sites, including required connectivity in between, managed as one entity and perceived as such by applications.

The key characteristic of distributed cloud is abstraction of cloud infrastructure resources, where the complexity of resource allocation is hidden to an application.

Distributed cloud is based on SDN, NFV and 3GPP edge computing technologies to enable multi-access and multi-cloud capabilities and unlock networks to provide an open platform for application innovations.

To learn about the top 5 pitfalls in edge deployments, download the Edge Computing research brief.

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