From Core to Edge Networks
Distributed Internet architectures and edge networks have introduced fundamental architectural changes in telcos and associated network stacks. For example, operators’ data centers may increase in number from today’s 100 to potentially thousands; virtual machines proliferate from hundreds to thousands; and networks shift from tens in centralized core environments to hundreds at the “edge.” Further, with compute and networking converging to drive agility and efficiency, today’s cell sites and central offices become infrastructure hubs that facilitate computing at the edge for low latency and highly dedicated use cases. These architectural variances hold potential in terms of both the ability to support new applications and the control over the development of such applications.
With edge networks, intelligence and service logic comes to reside in end-user (edge) devices and hosts (e.g., personal computer clients and servers). This, in essence, means that edge platforms provide a powerful general-purpose network—a platform that supports control and user pl…
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