Bringing Kubernetes to the Edge is Becoming Table-Stakes for Equipment Vendors

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By Reece Hayden | 2Q 2022 | IN-6524


CIOs Must Target Orchestration at the Edge


The operational proposition for deploying at the edge is clear, especially for data intensive verticals and those looking towards Industry 4.0 and enterprise-grade 5G: it reduces backhauling, improves end-user performance, and enables low latency use cases. But its highly distributed architecture will always create control and orchestration problems. So, how should edge nodes be efficiently deployed and controlled? ABI Research believes that Kubernetes must play a role. Equipment vendors (IT vendors and telecom infrastructure providers) certainly think so too.

In Mid-2021, Intel rebranded their edge orchestration portfolio, and announced Intel Smart Edge Open (royalty free) and Intel Smart Edge (optimized for commercial application). These tools are part of a service aimed at helping end-users run and manage applications/network functions at the edge of the network from a central control panel. Nokia offers a similar service that leverages Open Application Program Interfaces (APIs) and Kubernetes to provide a cloud-native network automation function that aids efficient dep…

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