Next-gen edge computing may mean a return to local data centers, of sorts

If you think information technology is now distributed, watch companies choose to move it further to the edge of computer networks. Many businesses may need to set up clouds around the world for advanced analytics, the Internet of Things, and even compliance.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the all-remote trend has shown us all how large systems can be split into many edge locations.

“We’ve seen a real increase in edge opportunities since the pandemic hit,” from Paul Savill (pictured), senior vice president of product and service management at Lumen Technologies.

Savill spoke with Lisa Martin, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s live streaming studio, during AWS re:Invent. They discussed the next generation of distributed edge computing and Lumen’s partnership with Amazon Web Services Inc. (*Disclosure below.)

Cloud’s Homes Away From Home

An example of how organizations are pivoting during the pandemic is CyberReef Inc., with whom Lumen worked on internet cybersecurity technology to protect student end-user devices. VSyberReef necessary to place the software control tools near the edge with a good connection to the Internet accessible by real children in various fields.

“They have deployed, across the country… their platform, basically, on our platform [integrating global networking, cloud connectivity, etc.] to support these deployments to help our children with their education,” said Savill.

According to Savill, many companies will need to consider improving their distributed and edge computing strategies even beyond the pandemic. Pure performance is an obvious reason for this: data-intensive and compute-intensive AI and machine learning use cases benefit from fast interaction at the edge. Additionally, sometimes it makes good economic sense to keep compute and storage close to the markets a company serves.

Finally, Lumen sees use cases where customers want to keep local data in certain markets to comply with data governance and privacy laws.

To spread the best cloud technology wide enough to serve customers, Lumen partners with AWS, whose Outposts offering extends AWS infrastructure and services into virtually any data center. Lumen is working with AWS to certify its hundreds of global data centers as Outposts deployment locations.

“We trained our IT professionals on the Outposts solution…so we could bring common products to market,” Savill concluded.

Watch the full video interview below and be sure to check out more SiliconANGLE and theCUBE coverage on AWS re:Invent. (*Disclosure: Lumen Technologies sponsored this segment of theCUBE. Neither Lumen nor other sponsors have editorial control over the content of theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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