Verizon and Microsoft Azure’s 5G edge computing partnership is beginning to bear fruit.
The partners announced their coalition last year and this week have unveiled an on-premises, private edge compute solution that provides ultra-low latency for deploying near real-time enterprise applications.
“Our partnership with Microsoft brings 5G Edge to enterprises, dropping latency at the edge, helping critical, performance-impacting applications respond more quickly and efficiently,” said Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Chief Revenue Officer of Verizon Business.
“5G is ushering in next-generation business applications, from core connectivity to real-time edge compute and new applications and solutions that take advantage of AI transforming nearly every industry.”
Verizon’s 5G Edge will use Microsoft Azure’s Stack Edge to bring compute and storage services to the edge of on-premise networks, delivering higher bandwidths and lower latencies. In turn, this enables applications involving computer vision, AR/VR, and machine learning to run effectively and with higher levels of security.
In a statement from Verizon, the company said:
“With on-site 5G and edge computing, retailers can process information in near real time to gain actionable data-driven insights to increase inventory accuracy and power fast and flexible supply chains.
Manufacturers can maximise the performance of their assets, optimise their operations to run smoothly, minimise downtime, and gain end-to-end visibility across all processes to make faster, smarter decisions.
This is all possible by leveraging data analytics made available by applications hosted on the onsite edge computing infrastructure.”
Logistics company Ice Mobility has already been using Verizon 5G Edge with Azure Stack Edge to help with computer vision-assisted product packing that improves on-site quality assurance.
Ice Mobility is now exploring additional 5G applications that leverage initial computer vision and 5G Edge investments to provide tangible, material automation enhancements—including near real-time activity-based costing.
“[Verizon and Microsoft’s] announcement aligns with IDC’s view that an on-premises, private 5G edge compute deployment model will spur the growth of compelling 4th generation industrial use cases,” commented Ghassan Abdo, Research VP at IDC.
“This partnership is a positive development as it leverages the technology and communications leadership of both companies.”
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