08 March 2019

5G EdgeCloud - part 1

It was mid 2013 when we published one of the first visionary papers on EdgeCloud, in the IEEE Communications Magazine. 


After six years, MEC/EdgeCloud indefinitely under the spot in industry, worldwide.  In fact, MEC/EdgeCloud is expected to play a key strategic role in this Digital Transformation towards 5G.







There are evidences that, today, Network and Service Providers are exploring different strategies for MEC/Edge Cloud introduction and exploitation, mainly (but not only) motivated by the potential opportunities for: (i) saving costs in the Digital Transformation of the network and service infrastructures; (ii) generating new revenues, e.g., by improving performance of current services and enabling new ones, with the related business models.

These topics are addressed by several standardization bodies and fora.
A non- exhaustive list includes:
ETSI MEC
OpenFog
ONF CORD
Telecom Infra Project (WGs on Edge Computing)
EdgeX Foundry
Open Edge Computing
MobiledgeX
Akraino
In general, the overall standardization picture is rather fragmented but these bodies are addressing MEC/Edge from different perspectives (they are not fully overlapping) and there is a common awareness that global interoperability is a “must” for enabling new services ecosystems.

This means that Industry need to align on open and common APIs capable to ease Service and Apps Developers: in fact, this is crucial to promotes innovation and accelerates development by Third Parties applications and services, capable of enabling Network and Service Providers to capitalize on their investments on EdgeCloud.