Edge Computing and the Impact on the Enterprise

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Jim Machi

Edge Computing and the Impact on the Enterprise

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Back in March, I wrote a blog on Edge Computing.  I received a few comments from readers, so I want to address them.

When I wrote the blog, I didn’t put an architecture diagram in there.  As indicated in the one I’m using this time, I’m not saying it’s an either/or situation with using hosting or CPE based infrastructure for an enterprise business application.   In fact, I’m saying there will be hosted applications (like maybe a CRM or a SIP Trunk) and then will be “edge” resources that work in conjunction with that to create the customized business application that you, as an enterprise user, use everyday.   In other words, there will be both application clouds, and edge clouds (or physical infrastructure) to enable your business application to be the most efficient, and most performant, it can possibly be.

The edge resources could be an edge cloud, or it could be CPE based.  And the edge cloud doesn’t have to be accessed by a fixed line – when 5G comes around it can certainly be accessed by 5G.  That truly is a game changer in ways none of us can fully understand at this point, but it will undoubtedly be a game changer.

So we are talking about an edge cloud (or CPE) that has enhanced mobility, and can deal with IoT and Artificial Intelligence inputs locally so that the application that you use everyday will be faster and more intelligent than the one you use today.  More real time as well.  Part of the applications you use in the enterprise surely will involve real time communications (RTC), such as talking or watching video.  Your enterprise communications vendor should be able to talk to you about their vision.  So ask.

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