Operators Dish on Edge Computing Strategies at MEF 2019

Sdxcentral | November 23, 2019

While MEF has firmly taken the mantle as a standards defining body for SD-WAN, the association and its members are starting to follow the same playbook applied in its early years to carrier Ethernet, to other pursuits like security in SD-WAN and edge computing. Edge computing is an increasing area of interest to network operators and many are taking steps to implement the technology in tandem with 5G deployments, but these efforts differ somewhat in strategy and application. Multiple operators and vendors shared their views on edge computing at MEF 2019 this week as the association made strides toward defining the technology and what it can enable for operators. Edge computing is a dispersion or distribution of the cloud and latency is the driving force of this evolution, explained MEF CTO Pascal Menezes. “Latency is the new game in digital services,” he said during his keynote.

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