Austin, Texas, has always been edgy. two weeks from now as it hosts the 2018 Edge Congress, it is going to get even edgier.
The edge is on everyone’s lips today. And with good reason. The edge is shaping up to be the most significant, single element of future networks. The edge will be a critical part of everything from 5G, to the Internet of Everything/Everyone (IoX), smart cities, and autonomous vehicles as well as all things connected. Without it, the vision of a next-generation wireless ecosystem will not happen.
This next generation of communications will move so much data that it will be impossible to manage it on a global scale. However, it is being discovered that much of that data will never move far from its origination point (wearables, IoX devices, autonomous vehicles are some examples). Therefore, managing the data locally in a concentrated sector in and around where it lives is the solution to avoiding massive data traffic jams. This is what we call the edge and managing edge data will requrie a completely different perspective than we have had to date.
Edge computing and edge facilities will be the enabling factor for super-fast and ubiquities interconnectivity. It will transform the communications infrastructure like nothing before.
Data will be analyzed and acted upon in massive deployments of small cell networks. These networks will require intelligence far beyond that of the macro infrastructure of today. Their functionality will also be significantly different. Understanding the significance of edge networks is a do or die ultimatum because of their integration with everyone and everything. If you are in any communications sector, you need to know about the edge networks.
The Edge Congress brings together a wheelhouse of experts in this arena. It will offer deep dives into what comprises the edge. Players at this conference include big names such as Intel, Dell, Edge Micro, Microsoft, EdgeConneX and more. The sessions are forward thinking and will explore every nook and cranny of this brave, new ecosystem.
Please join me in Austin October 24thand 25thfor a look at what the future of the network will look like.