Outpost of a public cloud provider: Most public cloud providers today have some sort of small Proof of delivery (PoDs) that can be deployed anywhere in the world and networked to their clouds. These serve the purpose of remote processing in collaboration with their central clouds.
Telco’s mobile edge compute: As part of the evolution in cellular technology, 5G rollouts by cellular operators will involve deploying micro data centers across countries. These data centers will also provide multi-access edge compute on an open standard that can be availed by any party that wants to deploy any application or its sub component.
Enterprise’s remote and branch offices: Enterprises will have unique requirements where they will want secure facilities for information processing away from data centers or clouds. An example of this is a factory that requires such private edge data centers, where mission-critical information processing can be undertaken.
To leverage this unified edge, enterprises will have to embrace a holistic framework to deliver robust and production grade edge services. An example from the retail industry serves to understand how this should work in an organization’s edge implementation. The retail industry is advancing rapidly with technologies like smart displays, shelf monitoring, video analytics, chatbots, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and supply chain logistics. These technologies are now critical for many more industries, particularly with 5G cellular networks that are close to realization. 5G brings in a set of features that will be of significant interest to businesses seeking to leverage new features like ultra-low latency, high bandwidth, high density M2M communication etc. to create new use cases.
To embrace these, the edge operation should provide the crucial layer to bring all these together under one framework. It should also deploy a vast array of accelerators (end-to-end cloud solutions, reference architectures, re-usable components, and shared services) on top of the framework to address every need to support edge devices and sustain an ambient computing environment.
The goal of the framework should be to provide an enterprise grade deployment of edge services by addressing:
- The distributed, zero-touch nature of edge devices that demand platforms to operate at scale
- The unique operational requirements of organizations by leveraging cross industry experience
- Field support to maintain quality of service
- The roll out of projects on a global scale using our expertise in systems integration
- The need to connect a supply chain of platform, hardware and device partnerships
Wipro solves the above challenges using its Boundaryless Universal Edge – BLUE in short –that addresses the requirements in one unified framework (see Figure 2).