Multi-access edge computing (MEC) is a disruptive technology that promises to bring applications and content closer to the network edge — a move that will reduce latency and make new services possible. The 5G era heightens the demand for MEC to prevent overcrowding of the network since more connected devices will be introduced to the consumer marketplace. Companies are conceptualizing and manufacturing MEC products that maximize the performance of applications and content on the network edge.
Here’s a listing of 10 of the MEC products currently offered in the marketplace. View a more robust list of MEC products on SDxCentral’s 2017 Innovations in Edge Computing and MEC report.
10 MEC Products
- Nokia Mobile Edge Computing: Nokia made a MEC platform and multiple MEC applications. Its MEC platform doesn’t exclusively use Nokia’s applications and will deploy third-party applications as well.
- Saguna Open-Ran: The Open-Ran, a MEC platform, houses a cloud-computing system within a radio access network (RAN).
- Huawei MEC @CloudEdge: The MEC@CloudEdge is an architecture stationed at the network’s edge that’s primarily focused on 5G networking. In addition, China Telecom is constructing a smart refinery utilizing the MEC@CloudEdge Technology.
- Micro Modular Data Centers from Dell EMC: Dell EMC miniaturized the data center into one that can fit easily into a parking space. The diminutive data centers are ideal for Internet of Things (IoT) devices as it moves the connection to a local source, eliminating the need to connect to the cloud, thus reducing latency.
- Titanium Cloud Product Portfolio from Wind River: The MEC products in this portfolio include the Titanium Core, the Titanium Edge, the Titanium Edge SX, and the Titanium Cloud. The first product focuses on deploying real-time data from data centers. Titanium Edge, as written in a Wind River product overview, “provides the industry’s smallest footprint for network virtualization and cloud solutions.” The difference between Edge and Edge SX, is that the latter provides telco-grade security and ultra-low latency. The Titanium Cloud is a commercial platform for hosting a localized cloud network.
- FSP 150 ProVM from ADVA Optical Networking: A line of virtual network function (VNF) hosting devices with the purpose of optimizing edge computing’s performance.
- Cyrus from ASOCS: An on premises edge cloud that gives enterprises — such as campus networks, sports venues, and hospitals — autonomous control of their network.
- Multi-Site Manager from CPLANE NETWORKS: The multi-site manager makes distributed cloud computing accessible from multiple geographic points.
- Enea NFV Access from Enea Software: A virtualization software that brings service closer to end users by tapping into the network’s edge at the client’s location.
- Ericsson SSR (Smart Services Router) 800 Family: The scalable smart routers adjust to the bandwidth needs of devices. The scalability allows for devices that don’t rely on high bandwidth to maintain a steady connection even when other devices run on the same network.