The path to 5G is full of possibility. To stay competitive, drive faster!

As service providers (SPs) continue preparations for 5G, building a common platform with an agile process for delivering new services to support customer needs remains a key goal. That’s according to Ian Hood, Red Hat’s chief technologist for global service providers, as he explained in an interview with TelecomTV at last year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

In the interview, Ian points to multi-access edge computing (MEC) as one solution worth considering. This moves task processing to the region of the operator network that is closest to the user, thus improving application delivery and performance as well as reducing network congestion. Ian cites five key use cases for mobile services that network edge computing can deliver, demonstrating its value: virtual radio access network (vRAN), business services, the internet of things (IoT) everywhere, virtualized video, and enhanced consumer services.

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How to implement edge infrastructure in a maintainable and scalable way

Organizations are implementing edge infrastructure to provide important applications closer to their use, while still wanting to have a single interface to perform administration from a single location. You can do this using Red Hat Virtualization.

Planning

The first step in implementing an edge site is determining the specifications of the site. In this post we’ll walk through the things you should consider when planning an edge site, and how to plan to manage and scale the site as your needs evolve.

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Overview of edge computing and MEC

What is “the Edge”?

Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) or Multi-Access Edge Computing, is defined in many ways. In fact, the definition of MEC varies widely by the context you consider it, and sometimes by audience. In this post we will explain the nomenclature and concepts that define telecommunications service providers’ network edge and its use in the delivery of mobile, business and residential services. First let’s take a look at the broader term edge. What is it?

The edge, in the traditional usage, has referred to the point where a “customer connects to the provider.” The provider being the organization providing a service. Largely, this was one of three situations:

  1. An enterprise customer connecting to a service provider’s (SP) edge for network services.
  2. A retail customer connecting to mobility services.
  3. A home user connecting to broadband services.

As we know, today we live in a world focused on cloud service providers (CSP). CSP’s are not primarily concerned with network services, but rather providing a place to easily run various workloads at scale. This includes compute, storage, network, AI/ML, IoT, databases, etc. So what is the “edge” in this context?

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