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Microsoft announces Azure Edge Zone in partnership with 5G carriers


Cloud, edge computing, and IoT are moving forward to transform entire industries and create opportunities that were not possible a few years ago. With the development of 5G mobile connectivity, there are many more possibilities to deliver high-speed, real-time experiences with demanding, ultra-low latency, and connectivity requirements. 5G opens new mobile horizons with enhanced mobile broadband 10x faster, more reliable low-latency communication, and the highest device density up to 1 million devices per square kilometer.

Microsoft announced Azure Edge Zones, an extension of Azure Public Cloud, which will be available on Microsoft’s global network, telecom provider’s 5G networks, and customer data centers.

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Azure Edge Zones and Azure Private Edge Zones offer standard Azure services, application platform, and management edge by opening 5G:

  • Development of Cloud, on-premises, and edge distributed applications using the same Azure portal, APIs, development, and security tools.
  • New frontiers for developers working with high-density graphics and real-time functionality in industries such as gaming and mobile platforms.
  • Secure workload, latency-sensitive data analysis, local data processing for the Internet of Things (IoT), and media services.
  • Real-time IoT and Artificial Intelligence (AI) analysis to develop, configure, and innovate robotics, augmented reality, and automation tools.

Azure Edge Zones come in three different offerings. Azure Edge Zones are small-footprint extensions of Azure located in population centers far away from the Azure regions. Azure Edge zones with carriers are located in mobile operators’ datacenters in population centers. Azure Private Edge Zones are located on-premises.

Developers use Azure to create optimal and scalable applications. They directly link to 5G networks by developing a previously announced integration with AT&T to enable next-generation solutions on edge, optimizing standard Azure APIs and tools in the public Cloud.

New possibilities for the telecommunications industry with Azure

Over the past few decades, carriers and operators have pioneered how we connect, laying the groundwork for telephone and cellular enterprise. With Cloud and 5G, there are new possibilities for integrating cloud services, including Compute and AI, with high mobile bandwidth and ultra-low latency. Microsoft has partnered with carriers and operators to bring 5G to life in high-speed applications built by companies and developers.

Carriers, operators, and networking providers can create 5G-optimized services and applications with Azure Edge Zones for their partners and customers, taking advantage of Azure Compute, Storage, Networking, and AI capabilities. For on-campus enterprises, private mobile solutions, partners, and carriers can deploy, manage, and create offers with Azure Private Edge Zones. Customers need help in understanding the issues of the cellular spectrum, access points, and overall management. Carrier partners can help such companies manage these situations, including manufacturing, robotics, and retail.

Azure Edge Zones is a milestone for not only Microsoft but also for the customer and partner ecosystem, enabling the opportunity from the integration of 5G networks and intelligent Cloud.

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Akarshan Narang
Akarshan Narang
Covering the world of Cloud at CMI.


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