Industry 4.0 is transforming every vertical with smart and connected autonomous systems powered by massive distributed computing capable of applying deep machine learning algorithms to huge amounts of data. From immense distribution centers to the bustling ports processing a growing number of shipping containers stocking those warehouses; these modern enterprise operations are progressively depending on artificial intelligence (AI) automation using granular analytics from a plethora of sensors to meet the cost models and production levels expected by today’s consumers.
Industry 4.0 also promises to directly improve the quality of life for those individual consumers, with live media streams at sporting events, enhanced in-store shopping experiences and ad hoc public safety networks.
With potentially hundreds of thousands of critical sensors and control points packed into large areas filled with unforgiving structural elements - debilitating to generic wireless technologies - LTE and modern 5G RF implementations are increasingly finding a home in these environments. Employing high-powered shared, licensed or lightly licensed Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum, these trusted commercial technologies can deliver a highly reliably and scalable alternative to Wi-Fi. Private LTE or 5G provides the security, performance, low latency, quality of service and management federations preferred by businesses and their Managed Service Providers (MSPs).
Whether you use a 5G or LTE Radio Access Network (RAN), latency is the new currency today’s cutting-edge networks, so implementing a multi-access edge compute (MEC) cloud infrastructure can pay dividends. Featuring flexible RAN connectivity options, seamless interworking with public or private cloud platforms such as Microsoft's Azure Stack Edge and employing just a handful of CPU Cores, Metaswitch’s Fusion Core is the most comprehensive and easiest solution for deploying Private mobile networks.
Delivering low latency services with Private LTE and 5G networks using Microsoft Azure Stack Edge or other enterprise cloud infrastructures.
With compute capabilities at the customer premise, latencies of less than 5ms can be achieved. Carrier edge and core compute clouds, enabled by Azure or any other enterprise cloud infrastructure, can extend Private LTE or 5G implementations with managed real-time services and analytics applications. These may require less bandwidth and greater mobility but can still operate effectively with moderate packet latencies or round-trip delays.
Steering that traffic towards network slices with localized applications and services or remote compute resources requires intelligent packet processing capabilities within the MEC. Metaswitch Fusion Core User Plane Function (UPF) includes the most powerful 100% cloud native packet processing engine available. Supporting up to 40Gbps IMIX data flows on just four CPU Cores, our UPF is the only 5G core component optimized for smaller footprint customer premise and highly distributed computing environments.
While a hybrid public/private cloud strategy can dramatically simplify the process, deploying a distributed compute architecture and mobile infrastructure is extremely complex. Managed Service Providers (MPSs) are well positioned to help enterprises of all sizes implement, manage and maintain their private LTE or 5G network. With a high degree of automation and low total cost of ownership, only Metaswitch Fusion Core affords MSPs the ability to match the technical requirements of their customers while attaining their own business goals.