Tencent Technologies News, August 21, according to foreign media reports, there are currently three companies in the world quietly dominate the cloud computing world, namely Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet, the parent company of Google. They have more than 100 huge data centers around the world, renting out computing power to a variety of customers, and thus making a lot of money. In fact, cloud computing has brought more revenue to Amazon in recent years than its e-commerce business.
But in fact, Amazon's cloud computing empire is facing an imminent threat, namely the rise of edge of the network. The so-called network edge usually refers to the access layer (convergence layer) of the network. It is close to the client and used to aggregate the network level of the user network (LAN). There are a large number of mobile devices and sensors connected to the Internet, and rely on artificial intelligence (AI), and more people and companies need to get closer to more powerful computing power. For applications ranging from rapid analysis of road conditions to playing holographic concerts, remote data centers are too far away.
However, this will bring great opportunities for wireless operators, who are building fast 5G networks to meet such challenges. Telecom analyst Chetan
Wireless operators and owners of cellular base stations have great advantages in edge computing competition: they not only control access to high-speed telecommunications networks, but also have valuable real estate, such as thousands of cellular sites. Cloud computing will not disappear anyway, but the industry's three giants are under greater pressure to work with wireless operators, so they will not be excluded from emerging marginal markets.
Amazon and Google declined to comment on their plans. AT
China's cloud computing providers, such as Alibaba and Tencent, invested in operator China Unicom two years ago. Sharma says there may be more such investments and partnerships in the future.
For other technology companies, including chip makers such as Intel, it is hoped that the shift will open up greater opportunities for everyone. Caroline Chan, general manager of Intel, said:
Other telecom operators are also working with operators and cloud computing service providers. Paul, vice president of Crown Castle International, which has optical fiber lines and more than 40,000 base stations in the United States
Other projects are already well under way. At CenturyLink, about 100 facilities used to store telecommunications equipment are now equipped with servers. And it allows corporate customers in retail and industrial robotics industries to use them.
Paul, Senior Vice President, CenturyLink