It’s difficult to read about 5G without seeing mention of the "edge" - edge computing, edge cloud, edge services… But what is the edge? Where is the edge? And why is the edge cloud important for 5G? This session will review the role of edge cloud computing within the broader 5G architecture evolution, exploring what edge cloud brings to infrastructure and how this can offer new and exciting opportunities for use cases which result in innovative products and services. This session will also provide context to the work in ETSI ISG MEC and where multi-access edge computing will sit within future converged fixed and mobile networks.
Session Sponsor: ADVA Optical Networking
ADVA is a company founded on innovation and driven to help our customers succeed. For over two decades, our technology has empowered networks across the globe. We’re continually developing breakthrough hardware and software that leads the networking industry and creates new business opportunities. It’s these open connectivity solutions that enable our customers to deliver the cloud and mobile services that are vital to today’s society and for imagining new tomorrows. Together, we're building a truly connected and sustainable future.
Session Sponsor: Juniper Networks
We exist to solve the world’s most difficult problems in networking technology. We bring simplicity to networking with products, solutions, and services that connect the world.
A company of innovators, we believe that creating simplicity through engineering is the highest form of innovation. From our first release, the ground-breaking M40 router, to today’s end-to-end advancements in network security, automation, performance, and scale, our drive to move beyond the constraints of complexity has expanded the reach of networks everywhere. We’ve enabled our customers to connect to everything and empower everyone in ways that have literally changed the world.
In the profusion of new technologies such as IoT, big data, and multicloud, complexity is the new hard problem. And complexity is on the wrong side of progress.
With the strength of our resolve, we’ll champion the evolution of the cloud and once again change the world.
Simple is our obsession. Simple is powerful. And simple always starts with engineering.
Anthony Magee, Senior Director, Global Business Development, ADVA Optical Networking
Convergence of vRAN and transport network functions at the edge
Considering the huge interest in vRAN and O-RAN, the edge infrastructure used to connect and host these functions needs to become part of the story. Many simply refer to use of Whitebox solutions, but this leaves multiple gaps in the maturity of the vRAN architecture. The transport network used to connect from cloud hosted RAN functions to radio units (RUs) influences multiple aspects such as latency, and the ability to synchronize the RAN estate. This presentation will address the essential issues and provide a roadmap towards a fit for purpose cloud hosted RAN architecture.
Ian Goetz, Chief Architect - Mobile Solutions, Juniper Networks
The EDGE CLOUD: Key Development for 5G Vision Services, RAN Virtualization & Securing IoT in the Mobile Multi-Cloud
This talk will cover the market conditions driving the need for the Edge Cloud; the RAN Network Evolution Impacting Edge Cloud Capability such as timing and bandwidth; the intersection with Virtualized and Open RAN; location and latency (where should the Edge Cloud be sited?) and network functions for low latency services. Use Cases and some PoCs will be explored to show it is real!
Antía Fernández López, CoDirector of Intelligent Systems, Gradiant
Network Function Virtualization and Cloud Native Architectures for 5G
The initial NFV deployments for mobile operators didn't bring all expected benefits, since they used a "lift and shift" migration approach, being unable to unlock the full potential of the cloud. The next phase of innovation in 5G is focusing on adopting Cloud Native technologies to achieve web scale and economies of scale. This new NFV reference architecture accommodates Cloud Native Network Function (CNF) and enhancements to NFV framework including Zero-Touch, Containers, Service Mesh or Load Balancers as part of the reference architecture.