[XGNews]: Edge computing in the future

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With the development of 5g and Internet of things, the era of edge computing is coming.

The future of edge computing is coming

“The future of edge computing has come. From the mature CDN, to the booming live video and online education, to the cloud games and driverless applications in exploration, people’s exploration of edge computing technology is moving deeper and deeper.” Huang Shalin, deputy general manager and CTO of Wangsu technology, said at the 2021 Asia Pacific content distribution conference and CDN summit.

At the same time, edge computing will also enter a larger market. For example, CDN is tens of billions of dollars, cloud games are hundreds of billions of dollars, and driverless market space will be trillions.

According to the report of the consulting agency, the edge computing industry will show a trend of rapid growth in the next few years.

Gartner estimates that by the end of 2023, more than 50% of large enterprises will deploy at least six edge computing applications for the Internet of things or immersive experience, compared with less than 1% in 2019, and 75% of data will be generated on the edge by 2025.

The report of grand view research also points out that by 2028, the compound growth rate of the global edge computing market will reach 38.4%, and the scale will reach US $61.1 billion.

The scale of capital expenditure is also huge. According to research firm Analysys Mason, 30% of the IT budget in the next three years will be used for edge computing. The Linux foundation predicts that from 2019 to 2028, including software and hardware, the cumulative capital expenditure of global edge computing will reach US $800 billion.

Transition from CDN to edge computing

With the enrichment of application scenarios, edge computing technology will continue to evolve and become more complex‚Äú In the future, edge computing requires higher computing power, finer granularity, more complex types of computing power, and higher security requirements for iterating from general computing to complex AI and GPU computing. ” Huang points out.

All of these bring new challenges to edge computing technology. In Huang’s view, “distributed, low latency, security and diversity” are the challenges that edge computing should face.

In order to meet these challenges, Netshop technology has been preparing for it for a long time. As early as 2011, it started to develop edge computing related technologies. In 2018, the company launched ECP, an edge computing platform for Netshop, and started to build a comprehensive edge computing oriented support platform. By 2020, the number of edge computing nodes of Netshop technology in the world has exceeded 400.

Among them, to transform the original CDN of Netshop technology into an edge computing platform is undoubtedly the most critical leap. In this regard, the company has four major focuses:

The first is resource pooling. In the future, all businesses of CDN and all kinds of customers of edge computing will run in the same resource pool. Through effective security and isolation means, all businesses can obtain corresponding performance guarantee. These services reuse the same large resource redundancy, which can better meet the customer’s business flexibility guarantee.

The second is the openness of service capacity. In the future, more computing and network capabilities are expected to be opened. For example, through containers, programmable CDN and other ways, customers can configure their own special business logic at the edge nodes. At the same time, the edge computing platform will also introduce the platform management system of cloud computing, including console and billing system, to further improve the self-service of services.

The third is micro service. Traditional CDN services have many coupling functions, which often affect the whole body. Through the micro service of each functional module, reducing the coupling between functions, the platform can not only reduce the difficulty of operation and maintenance and failure risk, but also reduce the difficulty of function assembly, which is conducive to building solutions.

The fourth is the reuse of operation experience. CDN company has accumulated rich experience in resource scheduling, distributed node management and control, network link optimization, problem location and troubleshooting, and has professional pre-sales and after-sales operation team support, which can be well reused under the edge computing system.

Cloud edge integration, enabling scene

“After years of exploration, the company has accumulated good product capabilities in the cloud and the edge side. At present, the cloud edge integrated architecture has been formed, and more business scenarios will be combined in the future.” Huang told reporters.

In the cloud, Netshop technology provides services based on Netshop technology and third-party cloud data center through Netshop cloud and MSP to help enterprises easily go to the cloud. At the edge end, at the level of IDC, man or base station, network home technology provides edge cloud, which mainly meets the demands of high traffic, delay sensitive and cost sensitive services. In the local computer room and business site, Netshop technology provides super converged cloud, and the service is provided by Aijie cloud, a new independent operation of Netshop technology, which is suitable for businesses with low latency and high data compliance requirements. As the security and network base of all products, cloud security and sd-wan provide end-to-end service guarantee for users.

Specifically, to the edge cloud of Netshop, Netshop technology takes the four management platforms of cloud host, container, function computing and network as the technical base, and deploys the edge cloud host, edge cloud container, edge cloud function, sd-wan, edge cloud security and other basic services on the edge computing nodes, as well as various internal and external application modules, combined with the customer’s business scenarios, Try to integrate and export the solution. For example, securelink, launched by Netshop in 2021, integrates sd-wan and security modules, which has been well verified in cloud side collaboration scenarios including enterprise office.

In the future, we should continue to work hard

Finally, Huang made a prospect for the future development of edge computing. She believed that edge computing manufacturers can continue to cultivate in the three directions of “deep scene, user-friendly, open sharing”, so as to create greater value for users.

“In depth scenario” refers to that edge computing vendors combine the knowledge of industry experts with the internal understanding of the industry to provide differentiated services for users according to the different requirements of resource cost, speed and quality in different industry scenarios.

“User friendly” requires edge computing manufacturers to do further research and development, open more resources to users, provide better experience and more localized services, and reduce the user’s cooperation cost by means of low code, so that users will have more freedom and better services in the era of edge computing

“Open sharing” is not only a change in the attitude of edge computing vendors, but also an iteration of technology. In the future, users will have many types of computing power on the edge, and the owners, distribution methods and computing types of these computing power may be different. If every manufacturer has a more open attitude to resource management and technology implementation, then these computing power can be dispatched as a whole and can be shared or sold to a third party to improve utilization efficiency.

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