Author: Jim Machi – General Manager CCD, Sangoma
Back in February, I wrote a blog on Edge Computing. I received a few comments from readers, so I want to address them.
When I wrote the blog, I didn’t include an architecture diagram. As the diagram below indicates, it’s not an either/or situation when using hosting or CPE based infrastructure for an enterprise business application. In fact, I’m saying there will be hosted applications (like maybe a CRM or a SIP trunk) and then there will be “edge” resources. All working in conjunction to create the customized business application that you, as an enterprise user, use every day. In other words, there will be both application clouds, and edge clouds (or physical infrastructure) to enable your business application to be the most efficient, and most performant, it can possibly be.
The edge resources could be an edge cloud, or it could be CPE based. And the edge cloud doesn’t have to be accessed by a fixed line – when 5G comes around it can certainly be accessed wirelessly. That truly is a game changer in ways none of us can fully understand at this point, but it will undoubtedly be a change for the industry.
We are talking about an edge cloud (or CPE) that has enhanced mobility, and can deal with IoT and artificial intelligence inputs locally, so the application that you use every day will be faster and more intelligent than the one you use today. There will be more real time as well. Part of the applications you use in the enterprise surely will involve real time communications (RTC), such as talking or watching video. Your enterprise communications vendor should be able to talk to you about their vision, all you have to do is ask. So, ask.