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The New Service Edge

Volta has written a white paper on edge computing, has a web page on it, and did a webinar with Jennifer Clarke who covers cloud infrastructure & edge computing for Omdia/Heavy Reading.  Why is a routing vendor so focused on edge computing? Well, the answer is in the name. It is clear that edge computing

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Hard vs. Soft Network Slicing: What’s the Difference (Part 3)

In the previous two posts of these series, we first introduced network slicing in the context of 5G cellular networks, as a way to fulfill the heterogeneous requirements of diverse types of applications by determining how network resources are assigned to different types of application traffic. We then saw there are two mechanisms in 5G

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Hard vs. Soft Network Slicing: What’s the Difference (Part 2)

In the previous blog post, we introduced network slicing in the context of 5G cellular networks as a way to fulfill the heterogeneous requirements of diverse types of applications by determining how network resources are assigned to application traffic. We saw that network slicing needs to be available across all components of the 5G cellular

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Hard vs. Soft Network Slicing: What’s the Difference (Part 1)

In our recent webinar with Jennifer Clark of Heavy Reading, Leveraging the Cloud in the New 5G Edge, we discussed the importance of network slicing in 5G. And, we went into detail about the difference between hard and soft network slicing. The webinar is available on demand here. 5G supports a new generation of applications

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Questions from the Webinar: Leveraging the Cloud in the New 5G Edge

Is it possible that one Radio Unit (RU) is shared by multiple operators and then their respective traffic goes to their respective DUs, CUs, and MC? RAN sharing allows operators to reduce their capital expenses by providing a way for operators to share the same base stations instead of building them out separately.  It is

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Command Line Inferno

This is one of such unfortunate days that I cannot dig myself out from a network problem and I am drowned in the configurations of the various devices, having multiple CLI windows accessing information from each of the device. Watching my screen with the many terminals, each a CLI session of a device in the

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The Forecast is for Increasing Clouds

The cloud is getting its due in recent 5G news.  In our most recent post, we talked about the announcements of partnerships between the Big 3 in cloud and their spate of partnerships with mobile network operators (MNOs).  This brings the cloud platforms right into the mix for edge computing which is a major enabler

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5G: Money Talks

In our blog post from last week, we talked about the various partnerships and alliances in the edge computing market. Then Verizon announced that it completed the first end-to-end fully virtualized 5G data session in the US. They see these technologies as the foundation for wide-scale mobile edge computing and network slicing. Earlier this month,

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Keeping Your Friends Close in the Edge

There has been a great deal of activity in the edge computing space.  Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), cell tower owner/operators, data center operator and content delivery networks are all positioning themselves to take advantage of this emerging market.  The motivations are clear. Enterprise customers have been able to use both cloud services as well as

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Connecting Things in the New Edge

Gartner predicts that “edge computing will become a dominant factor across virtually all industries and use cases as the edge becomes empowered with more sophisticated and specialized compute resources and more data storage.” The main driver for this focus on the edge comes from the need for Internet of Things (IoT) systems to deliver disconnected

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