AWS, Verizon Launch Mobile Edge Computing For Enterprises


Verizon Business and Amazon Web Services said Monday they are expanding their 5G collaboration to bring private mobile edge computing (MEC) to U.S. enterprise customers.

The solution will deliver a completely dedicated edge compute infrastructure on-premise that enables ultra-low latency, higher levels of security and deeper customization that fully integrates Verizon’s Private 5G networks and Private Edge platform with AWS Outposts, according to the announcement.

This allows Verizon enterprise customers to use the private MEC to deploy real-time enterprise applications like intelligent logistics, robotics, predictive maintenance, factory automation and more to help lower costs and improve efficiency.

Corning Inc., a materials science and advanced manufacturing company, will be the first company to leverage the solution, according to the announcement.

The solution will have use cases in factories, warehouses, and large business campuses and it supports unified connectivity, compute and storage without having the customer having to own the networking and IT infrastructure.

According to Verizon, the MEC solution will support a wide range of industrial applications, like autonomous mobile robots, predictive maintenance, quality assurance and near real-time monitoring and hazard alerts.

“Verizon’s Private 5G Edge platform will give customers a reliable, secure, high bandwidth, low latency connection to AWS services, APIs, and tools running on AWS Outposts,” the Verizon announcement said. “Additionally, two smaller AWS Outposts — 1U and 2U form factors — will give customers options to deploy AWS on-premises in space-constrained locations.”

The edge computing collaboration between the two companies began with the Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength, which was launched in August. The companies have announced the general availability of 5G mobile edge computing via Wavelength Zones in 10 cities across the U.S.

Private MEC is a natural expansion on the collaboration between the two companies, said Dave Brown, vice president of Elastic Compute Cloud at AWS, in a statement.

“Customers are already leveraging AWS Wavelength’s ability to provide ultra-low latency access to end users for use cases like video distribution, inference at the edge, AR/VR, and connected vehicles,” Brown said. “Now, Private 5G MEC from AWS and Verizon brings ultra-low latency to dedicated, closed, on-premises environments for use cases such as autonomous mobile robots, quality assurance, and hazard alerting.”

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