NTT launches Edge-as-a-Service to accelerate automation

NTT Ltd., alongside VMWare and Intel, is launching its new Edge-as-a-Service solution to accelerate application deployment and automation closer to the edge

Combining NTT’s Private 5G technologies with VMware’s Edge Compute Stack, the globally available integrated solution is set to deliver near-zero latency for enterprise applications at the network edge, optimising costs and boosting end-user experiences.

Cloud computing vendor VMWare will contribute its secure application development, resource management automation, and real-time processing capabilities, which brought together with multi-cloud and edge platforms from NTT creates a fully integrated Edge and Private 5G managed service.

Running on Intel network and edge technology, the new offering looks to meet a growing need for distributed compute processing power and data storage with near-instantaneous response times, among factories looking to leverage Industry 4.0 capabilities.

In addition, VMware will adopt NTT’s Private 5G as part of its edge solution.

According to Gartner, 75 per cent of data will be created and processed outside of traditional data centres by 2025, due to the rapid expansion of IoT and more processing power being available on embedded and mobile devices.

What’s more, McKinsey has projected around $200bn in hardware value for edge computing to be created by 2025.

“Combining edge and Private 5G is a game changer for our customers and the entire industry, and we are making it available today,” said Shahid Ahmed, group executive vice-president, new ventures and innovation CEO at NTT.

“The combination of NTT and VMware’s Edge Compute Stack and Private 5G delivers a unique solution that will drive powerful outcomes for enterprises eager to optimise the performance and cost efficiencies of critical applications at the network edge.

“Minimum latency, maximum processing power, and global coverage are exactly what enterprises need to accelerate their unique digital transformation journeys.”

Sanjay Uppal, senior vice-president and general manager, service provider, and edge business unit at VMware, commented: “Enterprises are increasingly distributed — from the digital architecture they rely on to the human workforce that powers their business daily. This has spurred a sea change across every industry, altering where data is produced, delivered, and consumed.

“Bringing VMware’s Edge Compute Stack to NTT’s Edge-as-a-Service will enable our mutual customers to build, run, manage, connect and better protect edge-native applications at the near and far edge while leveraging consistent infrastructure and operations with the power of edge computing.”

More information on the new Edge-as-a-Service solution from NTT can be found here.


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