Microsoft Dives Into 5G With Azure Edge Zones

sdxcentral | April 01, 2020

Microsoft Dives Into 5G With Azure Edge Zones
Microsoft today announced the preview of Azure Edge Zones, which are designed to embed compute, storage, and networking resources at the edge of carriers’ 5G networks. With the move, Microsoft is embracing a trend that is percolating throughout the industry to blend cloud computing with mobile networks to bolster edge computing for enterprises, IoT, and applications that require low latency. A pool of operators, including AT&T, CenturyLink, Etisalat, NTT Communications, Proximus, Rogers, SK Telecom, Telefónica, Telstra, and Vodafone, have partnered with Microsoft on the effort and plan to make Azure Edge Zones available to customers later this year. Microsoft said it also plans to deploy standalone Azure Edge Zones in various cities during the next 12 months and it is seeking deals with enterprises to deploy private edge zones.

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These release notes describe the new features, improvements and changes in release 2.4 of the Cisco Meeting Server software. The Cisco Meeting Server software can be hosted on: n the Cisco Meeting Server 2000, a UCS 5108 chassis with 8 B200 blades and the Meeting Server software pre-installed as the sole application. n the Cisco Meeting Server 1000, a Cisco UCS server preconfigured with VMware and the Cisco Meeting Server installed as a VM deployment. n the Acano X-Series hardware. n or on a specification-based VM server. Note: From version 2.4 Meeting Server software no longer supports Microsoft Hyper-V.

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Liteboxer | January 06, 2022

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These release notes describe the new features, improvements and changes in release 2.4 of the Cisco Meeting Server software. The Cisco Meeting Server software can be hosted on: n the Cisco Meeting Server 2000, a UCS 5108 chassis with 8 B200 blades and the Meeting Server software pre-installed as the sole application. n the Cisco Meeting Server 1000, a Cisco UCS server preconfigured with VMware and the Cisco Meeting Server installed as a VM deployment. n the Acano X-Series hardware. n or on a specification-based VM server. Note: From version 2.4 Meeting Server software no longer supports Microsoft Hyper-V.