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Edge Revolution: Transforming experiences in a Hyperconnected World

May 15, 2024

Supreeth Shetty   

General Manager, Product Head-Tata Communications CloudLyte

In today’s rapidly evolving landscape of data-driven decision-making, the convergence of high-precision data generation at the end devices and real-time analysis at the edge revolutionise how we approach optimisation, paving the way for smarter, more agile operations. 

This transformation isn’t isolated; it’s part of a larger narrative of interconnected devices and seamless integration, empowered by the advancements in IoT, high-speed connectivity, and immersive experiences.

As Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, and technologies like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are on the rise, industries across the board will generate a massive amount of data (almost 180 zettabytes by 2025) and require on-site processing to ensure real-time decision making and user experience.

So, how can businesses effectively manage this influx of data? The answer lies in edge computing.

Understanding edge computing

Did you know that by 2025, 75% of data generated by enterprises won’t be processed in traditional data centres? Edge computing has flipped the script on traditional data processing. Instead of following the old paradigm of sending everything to distant servers, it brings processing power right to the source. But how does it achieve this? By strategically positioning mini “data centres,” or edge nodes, at the network’s periphery. These nodes are equipped with processing power, storage, and networking capabilities that are ready to handle tasks with more efficiency and agility. 

But why does this matter?

  • With data processing happening nearby, there’s no need to wait for it to make a round trip. Whether it’s parsing sensor data or delivering immersive augmented reality experiences, edge computing ensures instantaneous actions based on the most up-to-date data available.
  • Moreover, edge computing enhances system resilience by distributing processing tasks across multiple edge nodes. This reduces the risk of single points of failure, ensuring continuity of operations even during network disruptions or outages. Devices can function autonomously, processing data locally without reliance on central infrastructure.
  • Finally, edge computing optimises bandwidth usage, reducing network traffic and costs. By processing data locally, only relevant information is transmitted, resulting in lower bandwidth consumption and improved cost efficiency. Plus, edge nodes can be scaled up or down as needed, ensuring optimal resource utilisation and cost management.

But, as always, there are some challenges that we need to overcome:

  • Device management: In edge computing, the number of devices operating at the network’s edge is exponentially higher than in traditional cloud computing setups. Managing this vast array of devices, each potentially running different software and operating systems, is a formidable challenge.
  • Data security and privacy: The decentralised nature of edge computing introduces unique security challenges. Data is processed and stored across numerous edge devices, expanding the attack surface for potential breaches.
  • Interoperability: Edge computing environments are often heterogeneous, comprising devices and systems from multiple vendors that need to communicate seamlessly. Achieving interoperability in such a diverse ecosystem is challenging but essential for harnessing the full potential of edge computing.
  • Technical expertise: Deploying and managing edge computing infrastructure requires a new set of skills, which demand additional training or hiring of specialised personnel.

That’s where Tata Communications CloudLyte steps in. It’s an edge compute, orchestration and management platform that simplifies device management, bolsters data security, and ensures interoperability across various devices and networks.

 

How Tata Communications CloudLyte can accelerate your ‘edge’ journey 

Tata Communications CloudLyte stands at the forefront of edge computing with its infrastructure and cloud-agnostic architecture. This means that our edge orchestration platform seamlessly integrates across various infrastructure and cloud environments, providing businesses with unparalleled flexibility and compatibility.

It’s a multi-access edge platform, that caters to a wide array of access networks, including 5G, Wi-Fi 6/6E, cellular networks, long-range wide area networks (LoRaWAN), and software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN). Its innovative architecture facilitates seamless deployment and management of applications across diverse environments, ensuring optimal efficiency and scalability.

But what truly sets Tata Communications CloudLyte apart?

  • It’s a comprehensive solution that provides edge infrastructure, platform, network, and industry leading use cases bundled into a unified offering with near zero downtime assurance.
  • It extends the cloud experience at the edge with centralised orchestration, streamlined deployment with continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) and machine learning operations (MLOps), and expert management services.
  • It enables you to harness the power of no-code data connectors, low-code extract, transform, load (ETL) pipelines with AI based inferencing and auto scaling at the edge.
  • It offers built-in security with a zero-trust architecture, policy enforcement, container runtime, and layered perimeter security. You can deploy applications with confidence, knowing that your data is protected against evolving cyber threats and vulnerabilities.
  • It provides expertly managed platform services right from day 0, ensuring seamless operations and optimal performance. From infrastructure management to network optimisation, our team of experts is committed to supporting your business every step of the way.
  • Through its robust partner ecosystem, you have access to specialised solutions and expertise, accelerating your edge computing journey and unlocking new growth opportunities.

 

Tata Communications CloudLyte across industries

Amidst the buzz surrounding edge computing, one often encounters lofty discussions about its potential in revolutionising industries like transportation, manufacturing, and retail etc. Let’s explore how Tata Communications CloudLyte can drive innovation across various sectors:

  • Manufacturing: Embrace the next generation of manufacturing with our solution, where Industry 4.0 is reshaping processes and results through innovative technology. From quality control, streamlined production diagnostics, advanced warehouse automation to enhanced worker safety we have got you covered. Process sensor data on-site, providing real-time insights into machinery performance. You can pre-emptively identify issues, reduce maintenance costs, and ensure uninterrupted operational efficiency.
  • Retail: Elevate the in-store shopping experience in retail by enabling real-time data analysis, personalised interactions, and immersive technologies. By analysing customer’s data locally, Tata Communications CloudLyte delivers personalised recommendations and promotions, boosting customer engagement and driving sales. Moreover, with our ‘store in a box’ capability, we offer a pre-packaged, use case-led solution that encompasses everything from point-of-sale (POS) systems to store fixtures, lighting, and even branding elements. This comprehensive solution allows retailers to streamline their operations, reducing the need for extensive intervention while expediting their processes effectively.
  • Banking: Tata Communications CloudLyte offers an “ATM in a box” or “Branch in a box” solution, integrating real-time video analytics for enhanced surveillance, combining money dispensing software for ATMs and local branch applications bundled with SD-WAN technology resulting in strict policies on data traffic, enhancing security and compliance measures.
  • Automotive: As we drive into the future of self-assisted car solutions. Local data processing allows your vehicles to offer customised entertainment, seamless interaction with other vehicles and infrastructure, and prompt software updates. Tata Communications CloudLyte can process the real-time data and provide analytics to enhance driver assistance systems, offering features like collision detection, lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control. These innovations not only elevate driving safety for everyone on the road but also mark a significant leap in automotive technology.
  • Energy: Optimise your facility’s energy consumption and environmental conditions in real-time with Tata Communications CloudLyte. It mitigates environmental impact and contributes to carbon footprint reduction by collecting and processing data directly from sensors and devices at your location, allowing you to make immediate adjustments, enhancing efficiency and reducing waste. This not only leads to significant energy and cost savings but also minimises your environmental impact, tailoring energy management to your specific needs with precision and responsiveness.

 

Gain the undisputed ‘edge’ advantage with Tata Communications CloudLyte’s end-to-end solutions

Whether you’re a manufacturer striving for peak efficiency and output or seeking to prevent downtime through early machine breakdown detection, a retailer looking to boost customer satisfaction, or an automaker committed to improving driving experiences, Tata Communications CloudLyte is your go-to solution for all critical business use cases.

Our comprehensive edge solution suite takes charge of your data from the moment it is generated at the edge of your network, managing it until you derive valuable business insights. This transformative approach ensures that with Tata Communications CloudLyte, you are not just keeping pace with industry standards, but are setting them.

Edge is not just about positioning mini ‘data centers’ and ‘managing influx of data’ but there are silos of compute already existing in consumer location. These silos need individual end-end management of space, power, upkeep, upgrade and not to mention the presence of multiple failure points.

Orchestrating them under a single umbrella to optimise the infrastructure and management – bringing Cloud to the edge is what Tata Communications CloudLyte achieves.

With Tata Communications as your strategic partner, you can improve your operational efficiency, elevate your customer experience, and reduce your infrastructure footprint. And CloudLyte can drive boundless possibilities towards the edge for greater innovation and growth. To optimise the potential of Tata Communications CloudLyte for your business and explore its comprehensive features, please visit our website. For a deeper understanding of CloudLyte’s capabilities and how it can specifically benefit your operations, our detailed point-of-view paper is readily available for you to access here.