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Uncovering the application cloud

The application cloud model directs resources when and where they are needed. It becomes even more effective when combined with the connectivity infrastructure evolution, ready to rollout new innovations across different industries.

Driven by data and events

As application components run in several places at the same time, the main challenge is to distribute data effectively across billions of machines and control systems.

The ideal distributed cloud infrastructure is driven by data and events, making the applications easy to move and replicate across datacenters. Our network architecture features an application cloud with interfaces for both operators and developers, which is the most user-friendly and highly-flexible way to deploy and maintain the applications.

When combined with 5G technology, the model becomes even more effective as low latency, network slicing and scalability come into play. These new innovations enable end-to-end properties, such as performance, resource utilization, and security isolation, to be determined by the runtime layer of the application platform.

Regulatory compliance and security are set to become just as important as latency, requiring the data to be processed and stored within borders; be it on a national, regional, or business level. As such, enforcement points will be placed close to where the data is generated across all types of network sites.

Application cloud architecture

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The application cloud resides on top of the distributed cloud infrastructure. This distributed cloud infrastructure exposes network assets from one or several operators.

The hardware management system becomes more important than ever, as there are several types of physical sites playing different roles and with different requirements.

The software-defined infrastructure layer has multiple purposes: to unify a heterogeneous set of resources, to configure the right logical systems over the different site types, and to allow the right level of isolation between tenants and applications – all while still maintaining elasticity.

Application cloud in practice

The connected traffic cloud (CTC) transmits traffic information to those on the road, selling the information provided by suppliers via inbuilt billing and business support tools.

The information shared between the vehicles and the traffic operation center includes road conditions, animal/people/obstacle or debris on the road, unprotected accident areas, reduced visibility and exceptional weather conditions.

In this solution, multiple national traffic operation centers are connected via an interchange server, which can route information from the vehicles to the correct national traffic operation centers based on the current location of the vehicle.

Application cloud in practice

Adding new value

A distributed cloud infrastructure creates a unified approach across both centralized and decentralized resources, making optimum use of network connectivity.

This brings with it new value to applications via low latency, scalability, resilience and compliance. Improved latency is one of the major focus areas of 5G – and, to make full use of that development,
all transport networking, computing and storage resources must be optimally placed to form a balanced, end-to-end system.

Crucially, the ability to place data and applications close to networking resources is a major opportunity for operators and application businesses.