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Situation overview

5G has rapidly risen to the top of the industry agenda. Leading service providers are working to finalize target network architectures for 5G RAN and mobile edge computing. The shift to virtualization has enabled service providers to host cloud services in large and hyperscale data centers but has not removed the need for localized computing resources for many applications including networking. Edge computing platforms fill this gap by providing server resources that can host applications closer to users, significantly reducing latency, improving service resilience and optimizing the use of network capacity. The edge computing concept, initially developed for 5G/LTE wireless networks within the ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) initiative, is now being extended in the market and through other groups such as TIP (Telecom Infra Project) to cover wireline networks, IoT and many latency sensitive applications. 

While the 5G application space is vast, capex budgets are not. As the major service providers map out a sequence of winning applications, and revenues streams, they will define network architectures and mobile edge compute requirements. The MEC network element will be a key enabler of the 5G future. It will need to be highly flexible to meet the application needs, but not be overprovisioned and too costly for scale deployments.



About MEC report

You should purchase this report if you are interested in:

  • An introduction to the market for edge computing platforms and the latest technology developments.
  • A drill down into the requirements and implementation options available including carrier grade and ruggedized server systems, virtualization software and management solutions.
  • A profile of the vendors and analysis of specific edge computing platform solutions. This includes identification of key features and advantages for system developers and service providers.



MEC use cases

The implementation of specific uses will drive a specific set of processing and storage requirements. The use cases will necessitate a range of processing configurations beginning with CPUs, memory, storage and network interfaces and providing options for specialized accelerator cards based on GPUs or FPGAs. MEC will need to be all of highly configurable, scalable, low Day 1 cost, with a manageable operational cost profile.



Ovum’s analysis

Ovum has recently interviewed the leading international vendors developing 5G and mobile edge compute platforms and driving network architecture options for carriers. Ovum has also analyzed the Intel processors used in edge computing and MEC platforms and the leading alternatives from AMD, Ampere and Marvell for a complete ecosystem view. Our research highlights the leading CSP target architecture and MEC plans. Based on the emerging target network architectures, Ovum has developed a MEC market evolution analysis.



Vendors profiling

Edge computing and MEC platform vendors analyzed in the report include:

  • Adlink
  • Adva
  • Advantech
  • Artesyn
  • Dell
  • Ericsson
  • Huawei
  • HPE
  • Kontron
  • Lanner
  • Nokia



Key questions answered

  1. What are the key use cases and how are platforms being configured to meet the specific requirements of different edge applications?
  2. Who is articulating the most compelling application growth strategy?
  3. Which vendors have articulated a clear and winning platform strategy?
  4. What will be key attributes of the winning processors?
  5. Are the vendors targeting and optimizing around specific use cases, targeting specific niches, specializing based on their unique assets?


How does this research help you?
  • Support strategic as well as near-term tactical decisions on technology investment
  • Define and fine-tune product strategy
  • Gain access to technology trends that will be utilized in 5G & MEC networks
  • Covers key trends MEC platform trends
  • Covers key process, storage and attached accelerator chipset trends
  • Great value in your research dollars with timely-focused research
Our in-depth analysis built on solid experience
  • Relationships with global service providers and webscale content providers
  • Relationships with pace-setting global vendors
  • Optical Component expertise
  • Communication processor expertise
  • Virtualization software expertise
  • Optical and routing expertise
  • MBH and MFH market thought leadership

Future communications processor, switch and FGPA reports

The Multi-Access edge compute platform is the first in a series of reports focused on the rapidly evolving communications processor, switch and FPGA market. The next set of reports in the series will be...

  • FPGAs and ASICs for 5G
  • AI Processors for Communications
  • Multicore Processors
  • Switch chipsets


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