New technology choices at the network edge

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Christopher Price, President, Software Technology, Ericsson

The OpenStack community is tackling the opportunities and challenges of the network edge through the creation of the Edge Computing Working Group. The challenge is how to compile all the feedback and focus it into the ongoing work within OpenStack. The Foundation has ongoing dialogues with leading enterprises and verticals, as well as the telcos, and then come up with a set of capabilities which members can then apply, all through a process of iteration. Other groups such as ONAP can surface important questions and issues, especially around orchestration and the difficulty of creating an automated solution over an ever-changing landscape. But one of the emerging major issues is around cloud native computing. VMs consume a lot of resources, but containers could be a better tool for constrained edge devices, so maybe there is no need to create a full set of VNFs, better to create container-based cloud native network functions; essentially adopting an alternative virtualisation methodology.

Filmed at OpenStack Summit, Berlin, November 2018

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