Verizon 5G Edge technology appeals to developers as mobile technology advances

By exploring the capabilities of edge computing, Verizon is meeting developers’ needs for versatility, reliability and functionality.

“If you think about our mobile edge computing portfolio in Verizon 5G Edge, the developer is suddenly a more important person than ever for cloud and mobile edge adoption,” said Robert Belson (pictured), engineer principal, corporate strategy, at Verizon. Communications Inc. “So how do we seek out developers and tell stories that ultimately resonate with them?”

Belson spoke with industry analysts Dave Vellante and Paul Gillin at Red Hat Summit, an exclusive show on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s live streaming studio. They discussed multi-access or mobile edge computing, known as MEC; developer training; and customer response to new offerings. (*Disclosure below.)

Customer advantage, education and excitement drive Verizon offerings

Verizon’s MEC portfolio started with 5G Edge and AWS Wavelength, a 5G edge computing infrastructure. Then it spread to public and private networks. Today’s service is aimed at choosing the right edge for specific needs.

“You think about the future of autonomous mobile robots, like ground and aerial robotics. Well, you want to make these devices as cheap as possible, but you don’t want to compromise on performance. And that mobile edge layer is going to become so critical for that connectivity, but also for the computation itself,” Belson said.

Developers building new apps on Verizon’s architecture span a variety of personas. The 5G Edge Computing Challenge 2021 generated 100 submissions from over 20 countries. Focused on training developers, this apprenticeship is part of the 5G Edge portfolio.

“It was so exciting to see [the entries] because of so many different use cases in public safety, healthcare, media and entertainment. And education is so important. Many developers have great ideas, but if you don’t understand the fundamentals of infrastructure, you get bogged down in networking and setting up your environment,” Belson said.

Verizon’s platform supports Wavelength and Outposts, two AWS products, and works backwards from customer needs. The developer community has embraced these new features.

“When others evangelize the power of your technology on your behalf, that’s when the ecosystem starts to recover,” Belson said.

Here’s the full video interview, which is part of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the Red Hat Summit event:

(*Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner of Red Hat Summit. Neither Red Hat Inc., the sponsor of theCUBE event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over the content of theCUBE or SiliconANGLE. )

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