What’s the “killer app”?
A couple of years ago, this was a typical question in discussions about Mobile Edge Computing (MEC). Today, things are changing. Edge Computing is gaining momentum across the industry with a proliferation of MEC use cases. Services targeted by MEC providers include initiatives like AT&T MEC AR, VR Test Zone, Vodafone, AWS & Saguna’s MEC Driver Monitoring Prototype, and many others in Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), connected vehicles, content-delivery networks (CDNs). In the past year, the leading public cloud providers AWS & Microsoft released their Edge products. While looking forward to 5G, it is clear that Edge Computing is necessary to support the low-latency goals for 5G.
Now, maybe the time has come to declare the platform as the “killer app”
The MEC platform opens the door to myriad value-added edge services as well as various business models. In this report, STL Partners identified 5 different business models for operators to consider; from providing an end-to-end consumer or business application to creating a cloud IaaS/PaaS/NaaS offering. By implementing Edge-Cloud-Computing, operators can accelerate their pace of service and business innovation.
AWS, HP Enterprise, & Saguna: A Platform for Computing at the Mobile Edge
AWS, HP & Saguna have created a white paper, which describes the 3 companies’ joint MEC Platform solution. The paper illustrates the reasons to develop a MEC platform, including the application enablement eco-system, to serve multiple edge use-cases.
- HPE – Edge Infrastructure Layer
- Saguna – MEC Layer
- AWS – Application Enablement Layer