Telcos can help enterprises realize the full potential of edge computing. But what tools do they need to make it happen?
How operators can take full advantage of Kubernetes for deploying and managing IT and Telco workloads.
From a business perspective, a horizontal telco cloud architecture has several advantages over more traditional approaches. In addition to overall flexibility, it enables the telco to bring its telecoms and IT systems into a common infrastructure. That means that CapEx and OpEx investments are spread over telecoms and IT workloads, reducing costs.
If you removed the case of your desktop computer back in the 1990s, one of the first things you’d see is a network interface card (NIC). Unlikely as it may sound, the humble NIC is now set to help the telecoms industry, and its customers, combat a huge global surge in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
While it is true that adoption rates have fallen short of initial predictions, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that NFV is as relevant as it’s ever been. Perhaps even more so.
In the service provider realm’s not-too-distant past, there was a distinct line in the sand. On the one side, networking and security teams spearheaded the evolution to an NFV architecture, with a strong focus on virtualising network and security functions. On the other side, developers enthusiastically embraced cloud platforms, DevOps methodologies, and automation via CI/CD pipelines. The edge is where they come together.
Soon, every organization dealing with multiple interconnected devices and rapid data processing demands will need an edge computing strategy, not to mention the technology to make it all work.
Network slicing is one of the most important 5G innovations available to mobile operators, allowing them to subdivide one physical network into multiple logical networks.
After many years of discussions and proof of concepts, network functions virtualization (NFV) is now moving away from the conceptual to the realization stage.