What is Edge Cloud?
Edge Cloud is a form of distributed cloud made up of an ecosystem that brings computing, data storage and networking closer to the location, or “Edge”, where it is needed.  This has many advantages including geographical bound or localised data storage, lower latency reducing response times, potential for higher last-mile bandwidth and reduction in bandwidth backhaul costs for operators.

User cases for Edge Cloud are not only dependant on where it is placed, but what’s its intended role is or what services it needs to delivery.  Being a distributed cloud platform also means that it can be dynamic and scalable in order to cater for multiple scenarios.

Private 5G Network
Edge Cloud is a critical element in advancing and delivering 5G networks.  The 5G standalone core, decentralised nature and software defined networking (SDN) components are now virtualised or containerised compared to the traditional hardware based approach.

For operators the new cloud-native methods, automation and orchestration allows for a fast and more cost effective method of delivering 5G networks, increasing footprint and better visibility of on-going management.

Business, Science parks & Industry 4.0
Typically users of High-Powered-Compute (HPC), Edge Cloud placed in business or science park can help with delivering new an innovative products and solutions, reduce costs by off-loading existing on-premises IT workloads and increase collaboration with shared and centralised resources.

Applications can include: –

  • Mixed Reality (MR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)
  • Machine Learning (ML)
  • Internet of things (IoT) sensors
  • Robots and automation

Residential and Rural zones
Homes users can be one of the most demanding areas to manage while many rural areas have limited to zero network connectivity coverage leaving some areas out of reach of any type of cloud platform.  Bringing Edge Cloud to the local users would help fix many technical limitations or deficiencies while increasing the digital inclusion and economies.
Typical user requirements can include: –

  • High-speed last mile connectivity
  • Content delivery network (CDN) for delivery of video streaming and other media
  • Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) Low latency and high-speed e-gaming
  • Working from home (WFH)
  • Remote/distant leaning