Vapor IO partners with AlefEdge to enable edge computing over private wireless networks

Paul Barker | Sep 23, 2020 | The News

Vapor IO, creators of the Kinetic Edge platform for edge colocation, exchange and networking services, and AlefEdge, a firm that provides a Software-Defined Mobile Edge (SD-ME) platform and APIs for enterprises and developers, today announced that they will be rolling out their SD-ME services on the Kinetic Edge platform across the U.S.

According to the two companies, SD-ME allows enterprises to “deploy edge computing on top of private wireless networks, creating a low-cost path to edge-enabled mobile applications, such as factory robotics, IoT, and other use cases that benefit from applications delivered at the edge of the network.”

The combined platforms provide a system capable of deploying edge computing services onto private networks, including existing LTE, CBRS and Wi-Fi networks, as well as forthcoming 5G networks, they said in a release.

“The combination of Vapor IO's Kinetic Edge infrastructure and Alef Edge's SD-ME platform provides the critical architecture to support Enterprise customers with 'near-prem' requirements that demand ultra-low latency and high bandwidth. Available first in Pittsburgh and Atlanta, SD-ME enables 5G-style immersive and intelligent applications to work over contemporary business environments.”

“A programmable mobile Edge has been out of reach for most of today's enterprises because of the complexity of both deployment and application development,” said Ganesh Sundaram, CEO of AlefEdge.

“Placing our service atop Vapor IO's Kinetic Edge platform enables us to quickly deploy nationally and support 'near prem' workloads in the top 36 U.S. markets. Our services allow enterprises to leverage shared resources while maintaining the benefits of on-prem IT without the overhead of on-site management.”

According to the release, the AlefEdge SD-ME platform and APIs provide enterprise customers with the tools they need to digitally transform their businesses with mobile edge computing.

“This architecture is critical to implementing remote work policies and edge-enabled applications, all while optimizing performance and ensuring security. Alef's SD-ME platform creates a 5G-like experience without the expense or complexity of 5G, leveraging the enterprise's existing networks.”

“The SD-ME platform allows developers and systems integrators to create edge-enhanced applications as well as edge-native applications. Edge-enhanced applications are current applications that are transformed by the edge, such as enterprise video services, augmented reality training, and enhanced real time bidding for digital advertising for quicker and a more transparent process.”

“Edge-native applications are new applications that are not possible without the edge. Some examples of edge native applications include real time actions for drones through upstream video analytics, wireless robotics and machines for unmanned control, as well as IoT data collection for real time insights and actions.”

Vapor IO has deployed its Kinetic Edge in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Pittsburgh and by the end of 2020, the company says it plans to have it live in 20 U.S. metropolitan markets.