Private mobile edge compute with AWS Outposts has become available for U.S. enterprise customers, according to Verizon. The company said its 5G Edge with AWS Outposts cloud computing platform brings compute and storage services to the edge of the network on the customer premises. It enables the massive bandwidth and low latency needed to support real-time enterprise applications like intelligent logistics, factory automation and robotics, Verizon said. Verizon’s On Site 5G and private edge platform, the company said, enterprises also gain operational efficiencies, higher levels of security and reliability, and improved productivity.
“By bringing compute and storage services to the edge of the network on the customer premises, we’re providing enterprises with the low lag and high bandwidth needed to process information in near real time so they can gain actionable data-driven insights and optimize their operations,” said Tami Erwin, Verizon Business CEO. “Through our partnership with AWS, we are helping customers unlock the true potential of 5G and edge computing, which together will enable innovative applications involving computer vision, augmented and virtual reality, and machine learning. We are just scraping the surface of the new experiences that will be enabled by having 5G and edge compute on site.”
On Site 5G and 5G Edge with AWS Outposts gives manufacturers the near real-time responsiveness that enables applications such as predictive maintenance and robotics for improved productivity and quality, Verizon said. Corning, a materials science and advanced manufacturing innovator, is using Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Outposts and On Site 5G to enhance innovation at one of the world’s largest fiber-optic cable plants, the company said. Verizon said that the two companies are experimenting with high-speed, high-volume data collection on the factory floor, quality assurance and on-premises inference using machine learning.
Michael A. Bell, senior vice president and general manager at Corning Optical Communications, said, “We believe 5G will revolutionize the way people and companies interact with technology.” He said that Corning is advancing developments in its own plant, where the company manufactures the optical fiber cable needed to support the networks. Bell said that with Corning making use of Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Outposts, it “can improve safety, precision and efficiency as we explore the potential of 5G and private mobile edge computing.”
According to a statement from Verizon, enterprises in many industries can benefit from having a completely dedicated private network and edge compute infrastructure on premises.
“On Site 5G and 5G Edge with AWS Outposts can enable the ability to connect and manage a broad range of devices at scale and speed while also providing highly secure, near real-time connectivity,” the statement reads. “This will allow companies to bring new services to market faster than before, customize customer experiences and unlock greater value from data, while meeting low-latency and data residency requirements.”
Verizon said that its work with AWS on edge computing began in August 2020 with the launch of Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength, a public edge compute platform that embeds AWS compute and storage services within Verizon’s public wireless networks. Together, the company said, these provide mobile edge computing infrastructure for customers to develop, deploy and scale up ultra-low-latency applications. Verizon said there are 13 Wavelength Zones in the United States, with more to come this year.