In the next decade, the telecommunications industry will see the rise of edge computing where data intensive workloads such as AI, machine learning, as well as augmented and virtual reality apps will be hosted at the edge. Communication service providers (CSPs) already have thousands of edge sites powering mobile and fixed networks, so they are uniquely positioned to lead in the edge services market. However, until now they haven’t had the tools to do this without relying on public cloud providers. I am excited to share with you the announcement of HPE Edge Orchestrator, which has been designed to close this gap.

Simply put, edge computing is about running applications at the edge of Wi-Fi and 4G/5G mobile networks – either on operator premises or on customer premises – delivering low latency, security, privacy and bandwidth optimisation. Combined with SD-WAN and managed services such as Wi-Fi, edge computing gives CSPs a unique opportunity to extend their offerings to many different enterprise verticals, allowing them to benefit from new revenue streams, and successfully compete against cloud and over-the-top providers. The key to making CSPs’ edge computing deployments successful for enterprises is to ensure that the applications running on the edge are easy to deploy and manage across many sites. This is precisely what HPE Edge Orchestrator, the as-a-service, intent-based edge orchestrator we are releasing, enables CSPs to do.

Let me illustrate this with a typical user story.

Think about a gas station, which is usually covered by CCTV, with many cameras monitoring the gas pumps, car wash, shop, and so on. Traditionally, these were all connected to a video facility that would store the recordings for some time, before the files were over-written. When something happened – for example, a customer driving off without paying – employees needed to review the recording. When it came to catching the culprit, they had to waste precious time locating and reviewing the footage. Now, with the transformation to digital cameras, it is possible to introduce video analytics, discover anomalies, and generate alerts in near-real time.

Streaming the video from 10-20 cameras back to a central site is both costly and inefficient. Edge computing, combined with edge orchestration, provides an ideal platform to review and analyse this type of video content locally, on-site.

In today’s complex environment, edge orchestration is a must for CSPs. In our gas station scenario, they need to achieve a high level of automation to manage the video analytics software, such as upgrades, consistently across a large number of locations. Furthermore, once edge computing is deployed, the enterprise can use the edge orchestration portal to add other applications that will be relevant to run locally.

Monetisation opportunities through edge computing

What are the main benefits for CSPs? In a nutshell, HPE Edge Orchestrator enables the monetisation of the telco network through edge computing. With HPE Edge Orchestrator, CSPs can:

  • Extend their offerings in many different enterprise verticals with edge computing
  • Unleash new revenue stream opportunities
  • Lower operational costs by successfully orchestrating their edge computing deployment across many edge sites, thanks to built-in automation
  • Benefit from a flexible as-a-service delivery model, reducing time-to-market and capital expenses
  • Enable enterprises to easily deploy and manage their applications on the edge from a self-service portal or open API

credit: Article by OlivierDaures and Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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