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Adding Communications Service Provider (CSP) Value to ‘Edge Cloud’



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This presentation reviews how Communications Service Providers (CSPs) can add Value at the Edge with Interoperable Edge Computing.

It reviews the Evolution of Cloud and Telco Edge Architectures from 2016 – 2020; summarizes the challenge of determining where to place storage and compute resources at the Edge; provides four examples of Edge Use Cases where CSPs can add significant value; and offers three recommendations for CSPs.

The original presentation was given under the title ‘Interoperable Edge Computing’ at Layer 123 World Summit on October 14 2020.

The Video Link to listen to the full Presentation is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Say9Xp9pYIY

Sue Rudd also Chaired a Panel Session at the Conference on  ‘Edge Computing vs. Cloud Computing: Friends or Foes?which is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j23S67fuOug


Table of Contents

  • Rival Architectures for Cloud and Telco Evolution from 2016 - 2020
  • Where is the Edge? Challenge of Compute & Storage Placement
  • Network-Wide Distributed Interoperability
  • Addressing Threat From Cloud Hyperscalers
  • Four Use Cases that demonstrate CSP Added Value:
    • Use Case 1. Assuring E2E UPFs for Network Slicing
    • Use Case 2. Edge Orchestration for ‘Local Breakout’
    • Use Case 3. Face Recognition
    • Use Case 4. Secure Authenticated Converged Access
  • Conclusion - CSPs should:
    • Allow for ‘Commoditized’ Edge Cloud Hosting
    • Add Value with Interoperability
    • Guarantee Quality with Multi-Domain Orchestration and Control

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