Higher Speed and Lower Cost with MEC

What Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) is and how this technology helps optimize content and applications delivery

Currently, content and applications are increasingly being developed so that the end-user has an impactful experience. The well-known “User Experience” or Customer Experience (CX), Internet of Things (IoT), and Data Traffic have demanded a significant effort from data centers in the context of accelerated digital transformation.

According to the World Economic Forum, about 70% of the new value generated by companies in the next 10 years will be based on digital business models, which increases the demand for providers of digital services and Interconnections.

The Global Interconnections Index (GXI), volume 4 – published by Equinix – monitors, measures, and projects the growth of the Interconnection Speed. According to the report, within this context of driving the digital transformation, Latin American companies will contribute 1,479 Terabits per second (Tbps), 9% of the world’s interconnection speed by 2023 – a total of more than 16.3 thousand Tbps.

The growth in demand for infrastructure optimization to absorb the new data consumption pattern and, consequently, the speed of Interconnection, brings to the fore the need for partners that allow a scalable, secure, and agile digital structure, especially when it comes to mobile traffic.

Mobile Edge Computing as a business solution

MEC provides execution and storage capacity for applications within the delivery limits of data carriers’ networks, corporate facilities, factories, or any other place where there is processing and connection. The Edge infrastructure can be hosted and managed by service providers. A distributed cloud is useful, but the local availability of data execution and generation can help to reduce OPEX funds that are currently bulky and consumed by the cloud.

The ability to implement a cloud computing environment within the mobile network infrastructure, without requiring high investments or any modification to existing systems, providing converged fixed fiber networks and multi-cloud environments, is a strong attribute of MEC. AlefEdge, Equinix’s partner, a leader in this technology, also enables multiple mobile operators to connect to the same edge computing infrastructure, avoiding the lock-in to a particular vendor and transforming it into a multi-access and multi-operator technology.









What are the benefits of MEC?

MEC is possible through the provision of cloud computing environments within mobile networks, a role that 5G technology will accelerate, as an enabler of the data transport on mobile networks. By moving towards MEC, it is possible to achieve a hyper-distributed environment in the increasing order of hundreds and thousands of points of presence.  Therefore, MEC addresses the following four main goals:

1. Latency reduction

By providing Cloud Computing features at the closest possible point to the use, MEC provides low latency levels in the 10 ms zone, improving the user experience and enabling use cases that depend on low latency, such as augmented-reality and virtual reality.

2. Increased autonomy

A hyper-distributed network of small data centers offers, by design and architecture, more content delivery points. Consequently, there are more points from where the applications can respond to a particular request. Thus, if one point or the centralized data center itself stops, multiple other points can be accessible, ensuring greater application resiliency.

3. Increased capacity and cost reduction

With more distribution points, the overall delivery capacity is increased exponentially without increasing the cost by the same rate. Since the requests are resolved close to where they are generated, the central structure becomes less demanded and, thus, a smaller bandwidth and computational capacity are used for the same data flow.

4. Security and privacy

The MEC infrastructure offers new frontiers in which data protection algorithms can be implemented, as well as cross-checks using network information to ensure security and privacy.

Business partners at the forefront for Edge services

The launch of Mobile Edge Computing in Brazil, the result of the partnership between Equinix and AlefEdge, comes in response to the exponential growth of mobile traffic caused by the change in the pattern of media and entertainment consumption, among other factors.

MEC is already showing itself as an important answer to current challenges. While the technology has its importance for 5G architecture, it also enables future benefits to be achieved even in 4G networks. In this way, we can consider that investments in 5G networks can be optimized.

This implementation and management experience places the Equinix and AlefEdge partnership as a reference to the market, as the number of Mobile Edge points of presence grows, data center customers will be able to move content and applications to the closest possible point to the user, while still relying on the efficiency of the centralized structure for the management of applications, data, and content.

Therefore, Mobile Edge becomes an extension of the data center for certain applications (or portions of those applications). Through cross-connects and the Equinix Internet Exchange itself, Equinix customers will be able to connect to AlefEdge at one of Equinix’s International Business Exchange Exchange™ (IBX®) to  use containers and virtual machines at Alef’s Edge environment, at the Edge of mobile networks.

Check out what other trends are involved in this new scenario created by the digital transformation acceleration in the fourth volume of the Global Interconnection Index, GXI.

Authored by Eduardo Carvalho, Managing Director, Equinix Brazil

Original article can be found here: https://blog.equinix.com/blog/2020/11/16/maior-velocidade-e-menor-custo-com-a-mec/


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