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Transform your network and business with edge computing.

Published: April 15, 2020

Transform your network and business with edge computing.

As mobile devices, Internet of Things (IoT) and streaming media continue to proliferate, many enterprises are considering a shift away from centralized data centers to keep up with spikes in IP traffic. With traditional architecture, data must often travel hundreds of miles over a network between end users and devices—a resource intensive way to communicate that's fast giving way to a potentially more efficient connectivity option.

Slow send times can hurt the bottom line. For example, serious lags between IoT sensors and analytic processors can slow critical decision-making when it matters most.

When should you move to the edge?

Embracing edge computing helps you tighten the gap between where data is gathered and where it’s processed. If your business needs to do any of the following, now might be the time to eliminate the long-distance round trip over mobile, cloud and internet networks by moving to the edge:

  • Decrease the amount of data sent to cloud networks and enterprise data centers for processing
  • Increase local app/device performance and throughput
  • Reduce latency needed for data-driven applications, such as artificial intelligence (AI), massive industrial IoT, virtual reality/extended reality (VR/XR) and real-time experiences
  • Reduce battery requirements by moving computing off devices
  • Simplify device design for data-driven applications
  • Offload processing from the device to the edge
  • Facilitate cloud and IoT compatibility

How to make the move

Since edge data centers can form an important part of your local network, you’ll need to decide whether to build your own computing facilities or rent space in an existing facility before you make the transition. You’ll also want to explore the best way to virtualize your network infrastructure to improve reliability and manageability, and to create a solid foundation for edge integration.

Other factors to consider:

  • Types of data you are moving
  • Available network resources
  • Number of work-approved connected devices
  • Access to secure enterprise-to-edge network infrastructure that can incorporate hybrid, cloud and 5G
  • Business-specific plans and strategy that align IT and business units’ goals and efforts

You need to have the right resources and staff in place for a transition to edge computing. But if you don't have the in-house expertise needed for the transition, consider a full-service provider that can help you develop and execute an aligned edge strategy, as well as offer the following:

  • A dedicated infrastructure
  • Local and onsite colocation data center deployment services 
  • Consultative services that address unique business needs
  • On-demand interconnectivity and provisioning
  • Enterprise-level migration services
  • Multiple cloud connection and integration options
  • Security, governance and compliance expertise and support
  • Broad ecosystem of industry-leading partners

Learn more:

Edge computing and 5G promise to change the face of business and innovation, giving enterprises a new and exciting array of potentially transformative business solutions. Take advantage of a next-generation network and partner with the expertise to help you capitalize on these innovative technologies. Verizon 5G Edge brings together Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network with AWS® cloud services to enable developers and enterprise customers to develop large-scale, latency-sensitive applications at the edge. It’s the power of the cloud built right into the first 5G network. 

Find out how Verizon can help you move to the edge and get the most out of the latest edge computing capabilities with the power of Verizon 5G Edge and its multi-access edge compute (MEC) platform.