The emergence of 5G and the exponential growth of IoT-based sensors and devices has created a demand for real-time data analysis that traditional cloud networks simply can’t provide.
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In preparation for the 5G data onslaught, content delivery players – industry stalwarts such as Akamai and growing players such as Fastly – are designing scalable solutions powered by strategic edge Points of Presence (PoPs) to enable the seamless distribution of rich media content to the end users.
Gaming has evolved from challenging the person sitting next to you, to competing with players around the globe. Without ultra-low latency, such competition is simply not possible. And, with emerging technologies such as augmented reality (AR), the importance of low latency will increase even further.
5G promises a massive increase in bandwidth, faster speeds and lower latency, but enterprises will need to bolster their edge infrastructure strategy to support it.
Customer expectations have shifted toward seamless and fast content delivery anywhere, anytime, and content streaming providers are scrambling to accommodate new levels of demand, pushing IT teams to establish data delivery methods that enable ultra-low latency and always-on connectivity.
Driven largely by the growing adoption rates of IoT applications, edge computing is becoming critical to efficient data processing and latency-sensitive application function.
5G endeavors to have the capacity to handle the volume of data transport that will support emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning. Enterprises can prepare by leveraging edge computing to deliver significantly lower latency.
It’s no secret that video is growing in popularity across industries. Its success in the marketing industry, the entertainment space, and as a communication channel has heightened its importance in our day-to-day lives.
Edge computing – the enabling of data storage and processing as close to the end user as possible – although not as well-known as the ubiquitous cloud, is perhaps today’s most important emerging enterprise technology.