Challenges to support edge-as-a-service

Steven Davy, Jeroen Famaey, Joan Serrat, Juan Luis Gorricho, Avi Miron, Manos Dramitinos, Pedro Miguel Neves, Steven Latré, Ezer Goshen

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Abstract

A new era in telecommunications is emerging. Virtualized networking functions and resources will offer network operators a way to shift the balance of expenditure from capital to operational, opening up networks to new and innovative services. This article introduces the concept of edge as a service (EaaS), a means of harnessing the flexibility of virtualized network functions and resources to enable network operators to break the tightly coupled relationship they have with their infrastructure and enable more effective ways of generating revenue. To achieve this vision, we envisage a virtualized service access interface that can be used to programmatically alter access network functions and resources available to service providers in an elastic fashion. EaaS has many technically and economically difficult challenges that must be addressed before it can become a reality; the main challenges are summarized in this article.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6710075
Pages (from-to)132-139
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

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