NTT unveils what it calls the ‘first edge and private 5G’ service

by | Aug 29, 2022 | Technology

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In today’s enterprise, even just a split second in latency can impact performance and access to data — and, thus, the ability to manage and immediately act on it. 

But the physics and costs of multicloud and hybrid cloud environments make near-instantaneous response times all but impossible. 

The proposed solution to this dilemma: Edge computing. This involves moving computing resources to the physical location of data location. 

And, as more organizations are leveraging edge computing capabilities, they are doing so in private 5G environments — thus unlocking increased benefits of real-time speed, security and heightened data availability, flexibility and consistency, according to experts. 

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“In fully digitized enterprises, data will be generated in all possible locations of the respective site,” said Leo Gergs, senior analyst at ABI Research. “Edge computing allows data to be processed much closer to their origin.” 

He added that by reducing the transmission of data between the place of origin and the place of processing, “edge computing drives down end-to-end latency, as any avoidable data transmit will be scrapped.”

Official edge-as-a-service

Capitalizing on this trend, NTT Ltd. today announced at VMware Explore its new edge-as-a-service (EaaS). It’s the first globally available, fully managed edge and private 5G offering, according to Shahid Ahmed, executive vice president for new ventures and innovation at NTT. 

The service is powered by VMware’s Edge Compute Stack and will enable enterprises to track, analyze and take action on data where it’s generated or collected. Concurrently, VMware is adopting NTT’s Private 5G technologies. The companies will jointly market the offering. 

“Enterprises have unique needs, especially in manufacturing, healthcare, retail and logistics around high availability and uptime,” said Ahmed. “They want to have control over the entire system; continue operating without being dependent on cloud connectivity.” 

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