When Worlds Collide: 5G, Edge, and Hybrid Multiclouds IBM MSP Blog

Nearly 7 in 10 IT professionals expect 5G to have a big impact on their business.*

They see and are excited about the potential for faster AI applications, increased speeds for cloud services, and more effective communication with edge and IoT devices.

This combination of 5G, edge computing, and hybrid multicloud represents a new model capable of transforming a wide range of industries.


Choosing the Right Architecture

As 5G and edge move into widespread production viability, there’s no limit on the number of business-critical use cases that can be enhanced or solved.

Edge computing brings processing power to where the data is created – closer to the users, applications and devices themselves, as well as where the actions take place.

5G’s low latency, unmatched bandwidth, and network slicing (delivering improved Quality of Service for critical applications) powers and amplifies edge computing.

It makes it possible to transmit data at high speeds and in large volumes across multiple clouds and edge locations.

Instead of a centralised computing model – where data migrated to the cloud for processing and insights must ultimately return to the end-user – a distributed model is emerging.

Enabling AI and real-time analytics to deliver insights to real-time processes requires the flexibility of a hybrid multicloud approach.


Hybrid Multicloud: the Game Changer

Over 50% of IT professionals believe a hybrid multicloud architecture is necessary for businesses to capitalise on the potential of 5G.*

Connecting 5G and non-5G devices, hybrid multicloud also brings together the edge and IT data centres, as well as private and public clouds, even if they’re sourced from multiple providers.

The open technologies available will be a key enabler of competitive advantage, offering faster innovation, access to a vast community of developers, and more efficient ecosystem linkages.

Its optimised agility, along with providing the ability to deploy apps or services on infrastructures regardless of vendor, ensures flexible platforms and systems built for continuous improvement.

As levels of automation are increased, it will lead to enhanced efficiency, scalability and security.

And of course, both consumers and business customers have grown to expect the products they’re using will continuously improve over time.


Hail the Revolution in Communications

Telecommunications providers are on a critical journey to transform their network into a hybrid multicloud based on open standards.

Moving away from today’s rigid, highly centralised appliance-based network architectures, they’re increasingly utilising horizontal IT architectures.

This enables cloud computing resources to be deployed in distributed data centres that serve as the edge of the network, providing a platform for next-generation applications and services.

The telecommunications providers can then leverage the investment being made in advanced container functionality.

It’s a transformation enabling the three core domains of the telecommunications network – the core-network, the radio access network, and the edge network – to be seamlessly managed and continually optimised.


Pulling Everything Together

Businesses are accessing and leveraging a mingling of public and private clouds, along with on-premise and edge computing.

The challenge they’re faced with is connecting all these different elements into a cohesive platform, enabling agility and rapid delivery of new features and services.

As such, businesses everywhere are adopting common management and software development capabilities.

This allows them to globally deploy features, functions and security patches consistently across all environments.

It’s an environment enabling 5G to have a transformative impact on enterprise computing.

Moreover, this enterprise-led transformation will be driven by 5G’s convergence with two other important trends: the rise of edge computing, and the emergence of the telecommunications network as a hybrid multicloud platform.

As they prepare for the new generation of 5G and edge computing, telecommunications providers report they’re redesigning their network and IT architectures from the ground up.

So enterprises seeking to capitalise on its full potential, and take the lead in this new era of 5G and edge computing, must take steps now to prepare their hybrid multicloud strategy.


Do you need to know more?

You and your clients can begin to accelerate innovation today with a next-generation IBM Hybrid Multicloud platform.

The architectural choices you make now will have a decisive impact on your future development.

*Morning Consult and IBM: Survey responses from 801 IT professionals in the US and UK

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