The cloud computing era could be coming to an end

Andre Fuetsch, CTO at AT&T said: “Our network includes more than 5,000 central offices, more than 65,000 cell towers and even hundreds of thousands of distribution points, reaching all the neighborhoods they have. I serve. “All of a sudden, all of those practical positions became computer candidates.”

According to Fuetsch, AT&T claims it has a strong start to rival telecom carriers with a “network virtualization initiative”, which includes the ability to automatically streamline workloads and make good use of it. idle resources in the mobile network. It is similar to how large data centers use virtualization to distribute customer data processing workloads across multiple computer servers.

Meanwhile, companies like Packet could also bring their machines to new facilities. Packet’s Smith said: “I think we’re at this point where a huge amount of investment will go to mobile networks over the next 2-3 years. “So now is a good time to say“ Why not use some computers? (Packet’s own funding comes in part from Japanese telecom and internet giant Softbank, which invested $ 9.4 million in 2016). In July 2017, Packet announced its expansion to Ashburn, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Seattle, along with new international locations in Frankfurt, Toronto, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.

Packet is not the only startup to make a profit statement. Austin-based Vapor IO has begun building its own micro data centers alongside existing cell towers. In June, the startup announced “Project VolutusThe initiative, which includes a partnership with Crown Castle, the US’s largest provider of shared wireless infrastructure (and a Vapor IO investor). Allows Vapor IO to take advantage of Thai Castle’s existing network of 40,000 cell towers and 60,000 miles of fiber optic lines in metropolitan areas. Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO, said the startup has been developing automated software to operate and monitor remote micro-data centers to ensure that customers aren’t. There was a service interruption if some server crashed.

Don’t look for edges shut down all those data centers in Oregon, North Carolina and other rural outposts: The digital cathedrals of our era won’t disappear anytime soon. Crawford says Edge Computing’s vision of having “thousands of small, regional and microscopic data centers integrated into last mile networks” is a “natural extension of the centralized cloud. nowadays”. In fact, the cloud industry has extended its promotion towards the advantage with content delivery networks like Akamai, Cloudflare, and Amazon CloudFront has used “edge placement” to speed music and video delivery.

However, according to Peter Levine, joint partner of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, the remote computer industry is at the pinnacle of a “back to the future” moment. In one year 2016 Video slideshows, Levine emphasized how the internet before 2000 was based on a decentralized network of PCs and client servers. Next, the modern cloud industry’s centralized network really took off, starting around 2005. Now, the demand for edge computing is driving the development of decentralized networks. again (even as the public cloud industry grows hope peaked at 18% this year, before starting to decline gradually).

That kind of abstract change has emerged, unlocking experiences that can only exist with outside help. Hatch, a subsidiary from developer Angry Birds Rovio, has started rolling out a subscription game-streaming service that allows smartphone customers to start playing immediately without waiting for downloads. down. The service offers low-latency social and multiplayer gaming features such as Twitch-style live streaming. Hatch is confusing about the technology it develops to reduce the number of data processing steps in online games, except to say it. eliminates the need for video compression and can stream mobile games at 60fps. But in figuring out how to transmit and receive all that data with no lag that plagues the experience, Hatch teamed up with – guess who – Packet.

“We were one of the first consumer use cases for edge computing,” said Juhani Honkala, Founder and CEO of Hatch. “But I do believe there will be other use cases that could benefit from low latency, such as AR / VR, self-driving cars and robots.”

Of course, most Hatch customers won’t know or care about how those micro data centers allow them to instantly play games with friends. The same interesting ignorance will likely surround most people streaming augmented reality experiences on their smartphones while driving self-driving cars for the next 10 years. We will all gradually expect new computer-controlled experiences to be instantly available anywhere – as if with magic. But in this case, magic is just another name for putting the right computer in the right place at the right time.

Packet’s Smith said: “There is a lot more people can do, aside from staring at their smartphones and waiting for downloads.” We want our calculations. The current. And edge is how we will reach it.

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