World News – CA – AT&T, IBM extend 5G to the edge via OpenShift


IBM released the beta of its Satellite distributed cloud in July, distributed with reference to public cloud services spread across different regions to manage specific applications and workloads but centrally controlled by the public cloud provider

The company (NYSE: IBM) announced Thursday (Oct 29) it expands its 5G wireless partnership with AT&T (NYSE: T)

to combine the next generation wireless network with its hybrid cloud platform Satellite The goal is to take advantage of 5G for applications running in the cloud, in-house or, increasingly, in the edge of the network

5G partnership launched in July 2019 revolves around Red Hat OpenShift, which is used to manage cloud applications and workloads that will now extend to the edge Built on OpenShift, Satellite is touted as a simpler way to build applications where data resides while eliminating « platform differences »

5G collaboration also combines AT&T’s state-of-the-art IT infrastructure with hybrid cloud computing Besides low latency, the operator’s edge IT network takes advantage of emerging 5G capabilities, such as the ability to split a increased network bandwidth in private cellular networks, in this case a perimeter network

The ability to combine 5G with edge services on a hybrid cloud “marks a significant step forward in increasing the possibilities of 5G and the edge in the enterprise,” said Howard Boville, vice president senior hybrid cloud at IBM

As part of its promotion of hybrid cloud, IBM cites industry estimates that 55% of businesses are currently using multiple clouds. It also notes that the majority of business-critical workloads remain on-premises Among the reasons where banks, healthcare providers and retailers are lagging behind in adopting the cloud, there are “data localization” requirements For media and telecom operators, low latency is a priority

Therefore, partners are betting that a hybrid cloud connected to the edge via 5G will convince more companies to move their workloads to a distributed cloud like the Satellite

Along with healthcare providers and retailers, the partners said they are also targeting manufacturers who could use low-latency 5G networks to automate assembly lines while using near real-time visual analytics to strengthen quality control

Another use case is supply chain management, where hybrid clouds supported by 5G are promoted as a way to automate inventory control and provide AI tools to streamline operations. shopping

The expanded partnership for 5G is one of the first cloud initiatives since IBM announced in early October that it was splitting its managed infrastructure unit to focus on the booming hybrid cloud market This strategy is built around Red Hat OpenShift, which IBM says has attracted more than 300 partners

George Leopold has written on science and technology for over 30 years, focusing on electronics and aerospace technology He was previously editor of Electronic Engineering Times Leopold is the author of « Calculated Risk : The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom ”(Purdue University Press, 2016)

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