Verizon and Microsoft roll out private edge solution for enterprise

01 September 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Verizon's enterprise customers can now tap an on-premise, private edge compute solution that enables the ultra-low latency needed to deploy real-time applications.

Extended through its relationship with Microsoft, Verizon 5G Edge with Microsoft Azure Stack Edge is a cloud computing platform that brings compute and storage services to the edge of the network at the customer premises.

“Our partnership with Microsoft brings 5G Edge to enterprises, dropping latency at the edge, helping critical, performance-impacting applications respond more quickly and efficiently,” said Sampath Sowmyanarayan (pictured), CRO of Verizon Business.

“5G is ushering in next-generation business applications, from core connectivity to real-time edge compute and new applications and solutions that take advantage of AI transforming nearly every industry.”

With uses across multiple industries the solution leveraging data analytics meaning retailers can use it to process information in near real time to gain actionable data-driven insights to increase inventory accuracy and power fast and flexible supply chains. Verizon said manufacturers can maximise performance of their assets, optimise their operations to run smoothly, minimize downtime and gain end-to-end visibility across all processes to make faster, smarter decisions.

Providing a real life use case, logistics and supply chain company Ice Mobility used Verizon 5G Edge with Azure Stack Edge to help with computer vision-assisted product packing to improve on site quality assurance.

“This announcement aligns with IDC's view that an on-premises, private 5G edge compute deployment model will spur the growth of compelling fourth generation industrial use cases,” said Ghassan Abdo, Research VP at IDC. “This partnership is a positive development as it leverages the technology and communications leadership of both companies