Hoffman: Minimum Edge $3M-10

Servers inside the telco network are going to be important. Korea Telecom has announced 8 regional hubs. I believe Deutsche Telekom offers 13 hubs initially. They are beginning to provide revenue, allow making deals, and let your people build the necessary system and interfaces.

Jason Hoffman is CEO of MobiledgeX, a California based subsidiary of DT. He writes, “A powerful ‘rack’ tends to run about $250,000 and you can do 1-3 per site at a minimum. So generally a basic edge ‘experiment’ is probably around $3.5-6M in hardware and software.”

Distributed clouds are a challenge to manage. The synchronisation can be hard. You’ll need to resolve innumerable problems. Your people need training. Time to get started.

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100,000 Edge servers for India’s Jio

Mukesh Ambani is promising to add 100,000 servers to Reliance Jio, the largest announced Edge Network in the world. Jio’s 340M 4G subscribers are more than the entire US population and are changing the Internet. Next: 50 million fibre to the home priced from US$10. He is building a remarkable video offering that will take … Read more100,000 Edge servers for India’s Jio

Jeff Storey: 5 ms to Edge on Level 3 fiber

CEO Storey of CenturyLink can reach 95% of 2,000 sites of a large customer in 5 ms over fiber. That’s much faster than 5G wireless, which averages 30 ms or ~15 ms with an Edge Network. Part of the 5G claimed business case is that the 5G latency is needed for Edge servers. But Century/Level … Read moreJeff Storey: 5 ms to Edge on Level 3 fiber

Crucial question: Where goes Edge. 5 ms, 15 ms, 30 ms,50 ms, further

5G network latency delays often are doubled if the telco doesn’t have a well-designed Edge Cloud. I discovered I couldn’t do a good job on 5G Strategies if I didn’t incorporate Edge Networks.

Verizon estimates 30 ms latency on its 5G network. It is installing Edge Networks that will bring latency down to about 15 ms. Vicki Palmer intends to turn on the Verizon Edge in 2019.

The biggest design question about Edge is where will it be?

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NVIDIA’s Edge is inside the enterprise

NVIDIA, which makes GPU chips popular for AI, has now released a software/hardware package called NVIDIA’s EGX edge platform. Cisco, Red Hat, AWS IoT Greengrass, and Microsoft Azure IoT Edge were part of the initial announcement. (Below)

All seven examples were for on-premises Edge rather than the clouds being developed by the carriers. Foxconn is watching assembly lines; GE interpreting results from Magnetic Resonance Imagers; Partners is automating medical record analysis; and Seagate is doing visual processing.

The release mentions “5G base stations,” but provides no examples of that use. The telco Edge clouds are not being deployed at the base stations anyway. They are all further back in the carrier network.

NVIDIA so far sees little demand from the telco Edge.

NVIDIA Launches Edge Computing Platform to Bring Real-Time AI to Global Industries

Monday, May 27, 2019 

Leading Computer Makers Adopt NVIDIA EGX Platform, Offering GPU Edge Servers for Instant AI on Real-Time Streaming Data in Telecom, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail, Transportation

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UK Edge servers: BT says 1,000; Vodafone 64; DT 12

Iain Morris quotes Tom Bennett of BT, “BT would need 1,000 edge computing centres to cover the whole UK. … But it has yet to work out the business case for a major edge investment. One challenge that surrounds the so-called ‘distributed cloud’ will be getting customers to pay for premium services. Another is determining … Read moreUK Edge servers: BT says 1,000; Vodafone 64; DT 12

Verizon Cloud up and running. Q4 to the Edge

Quietly, CFO Matt Ellis told Morgan Stanley, “The company’s Mobile Edge Computing platform, which will enable real-time enterprise applications, is expected to launch in fourth-quarter 2019.” As previously reported, Verizon has been showing off an Edge Network designed for 15-25 milliseconds on 5G and 25-40 ms on LTE. Verizon is not just building 5G; it … Read moreVerizon Cloud up and running. Q4 to the Edge

Verizon 2019: 15 ms Edge with Fortnite, Red Dead Redemption, & gaming service

Fortnite, Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Battlefield V, and Destiny 2 are all running on the Nvidia Shield. … Our library will consist of most or all of the top games,” Chris Welch at The Verge reports. It is moving into beta on a Netflix-like service.

Adam Koeppe, senior VP for network planning, told Mike Dano, “The latency speeds obtained through the company’s edge computing test in Houston were 15 ms.” That more than the 10 ms Koeppe expected in 2016 or the 5 ms CEO Vestberg discussed in January, but about the best practical today. The 5G air latency is at about 10 ms.

“We’ll launch the first mobile edge compute platform later this year.

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Athonet Mobile Cloud Core: Live and waiting for you at Amazon

Athonet offers a software-based mobile packet core solution available in minutes at Amazon AWS. Check Amazon; it’s ready to go.

Suddenly, anyone building corporate LTE, regional IoT, broadband in the shared 3550 or anything unlicensed, and more can get right to work with no cash down, paying as they build a client base. The majors are also interested; the CTO award panel included some of the biggest in the business.

BubbleCloud just won a record four GLOMO awards, That’s particularly impressive because it was only nominated in three categories. The fourth was a special CTO’s Choice award. That’s as many as Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung combined.

CEO Dr. Karim El Malki has been working on cores since he founded Athonet in 2005. The first product was tested in 2010. El Malki reflects that perhaps mobile operators were not ready then for cloudification.

Athonet is a new name to many of us, but they have done years of research. Nanda Menon writes me, “We have over 100 commercial systems in operation, public ones being the Govt of Finland, Enel (largest utility in Europe), La Ronde Mine in Canada, government of Italy and Government of France.”

Orange/France Telecom, BT, and Facebook have said encouraging things about his current products. The first few systems are live (French public safety, South American mining.)

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Why (at least) a mid-performance Edge cloud will be right for almost all carriers.

Deutsche Telekom may be the first carrier in the world to install an Edge Cloud, which they are doing at a remarkably low cost. By going further back in DT’s transport network, they reduced the number of boxes required from 10,000’s of thousands to hundreds.

A cloud like this – highly reliable but not quite as fast – would be a very small percentage of a carrier’s capex budget. (A carrier has the fiber and other equipment in place.) It would cut the latency on your network by 40% to 70%. Perhaps more important, the latency would be much more predictable.

DT started with an initial dozen sites, which connected to almost all of the country. It is also installing at as many as 900 additional locations in the regions. This is a Level 3 Cloud – on the carrier’s network but several hops from the towers.

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Could telcos lose the Edge Cloud race before it even begins?

Cole Crawford at Vapor IO is building a network designed to bypass the telco entirely. He’s installed an “aggregation box” a hop or three from the towers. Iyad Terazi’s Federated Wireless is ready to connect it with a dedicated radio in 3.5 GHz shared spectrum. That’s natural for certain kinds of IoT. The speed will be … Read moreCould telcos lose the Edge Cloud race before it even begins?

Upgrading the backbone can do more for latency than 5G

Enrique Blanco of Telefonica is collapsing his transport network from 8 to 4 layers. Lee Hicks of Verizon is “Ripping out 200,000 pieces of equipment as part of Verizon One Fiber.” He is replacing them with one-tenth as many boxes. Cost and simplicity are the main goals, but latency is being dramatically improved as well. I’ve recently discovered that the latency … Read moreUpgrading the backbone can do more for latency than 5G

“Levels of Edge” What are the real choices?

Where will the boxes go? Who will buy? Dozens of companies are jumping in, many with wild and contradictory ideas. “Levels of Edge” brings some order to the analysis. Edge clouds reduce latency with servers close to the customer. The true believers talk 1-4 ms; the actual results for now are likely 15-25 ms. That’s … Read more“Levels of Edge” What are the real choices?

10-15 ms servers deploying from Vapor IO

1 ms 5G is years away but the first 10-15 ms Edge Clouds are sprouting up. A day after I said, “No one is deploying Edge at the cell sites,” I discovered Vapor IO is deploying systems one hop away or sometimes at towers. Update: Vapor tells Mike Dano “Vapor IO is putting its edge computing functions,” where they … Read more10-15 ms servers deploying from Vapor IO