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Telco Systems’ Edgility: Bringing the cloud experience to the edge

Telco Systems’ Edgility: Bringing the cloud experience to the edge

In the fast-paced world of telecommunications and network infrastructure, the demand for efficient edge computing solutions has never been higher. As businesses seek to leverage the power of edge computing to process data closer to the source and reduce latency, Telco Systems’ Edgility emerges as a game-changer. The company’s CEO Ariel Efrati and Jason Hyatt, VP and general manager, Americas tells EdgeIR this unified platform for edge computing simplifies every aspect of the process, from planning to maintenance, revolutionizing the landscape of network functions, business applications, and computing devices at scale.

Telco Systems was founded in 1972, initially focusing on providing telecommunications equipment and solutions. During this period, the company established itself as a reliable provider of networking hardware and software, catering to the growing needs of telecommunications operators and enterprises.

Throughout the early 2000s, Telco Systems continued to innovate and expand its product portfolio. The company embraced emerging technologies such as Ethernet, MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching), and Carrier Ethernet, positioning itself as a leading provider of carrier-grade networking solutions. As the demand for edge computing solutions surged in the 2020s, Telco Systems expanded its portfolio to include edge computing platforms and services. The company leveraged its expertise in networking and virtualization to develop edge computing solutions that enable organizations to process data closer to the source, enhancing latency-sensitive applications and services.

Efrati explains that now, the company’s Edgility solution is its leading SaaS offering.

“Edge is somewhat different to the cloud. While it does have a shared concept of virtualization, at the edge you need to manage thousands or tens of thousands of physical locations and different devices,” he adds.

“It’s very distributed by nature, and each physical device runs its own applications, be it container-based applications or virtual network functions. Bandwidth is not guaranteed and has to run autonomously without being connected to the cloud as centralized management. It also needs to be deployed on every device because every device matters.”

Edge with ease

Edge computing has rapidly gained traction due to its ability to process data locally, closer to where it’s generated, minimizing latency and enhancing real-time processing capabilities. However, deploying and managing edge infrastructure can be complex and daunting. Telco Systems’ Edgility addresses these challenges head-on, with the sole aim of offering a comprehensive solution that streamlines the entire lifecycle of edge deployments.

“When you look at the connected edge, it’s essentially how you can bring the cloud experience to the on-prem experience, and that usually dictates several elements. You have to be conscious of scale and you have to be able to scale in a massive way, but still manage it in a way that’s simple and straightforward,” says Efrati.

“Edgility had to digest a lot of prerequisites in relation to edge computing, and had to take them all into consideration. Edgility provides an operating system that can run on any edge device. It also unlocks the ability to harness whatever hardware it’s going to be deployed on, enabling it to be open enough to run applications.”

One of the key features of Edgility is its holistic approach to edge computing. It brings together planning, deployment, operation, and maintenance under one roof, providing a seamless experience for network operators and businesses alike. Gone are the days of managing disparate systems and struggling with integration issues. With Edgility, organizations can easily scale their edge deployments while ensuring optimal performance and reliability.

At the core of Edgility lies its robust planning capabilities. The platform offers advanced tools for assessing edge computing requirements, identifying optimal deployment locations, and designing efficient edge architectures. This ensures that organizations can make informed decisions and tailor their edge infrastructure to meet specific business needs.

“We also provide an orchestration system that orchestrates hundreds and thousands of devices if needed, to run simultaneously from one central location. It’s all about how we make it easy. Easy for the enterprises to deploy edge computing to their operators to provide that to their customers,” he explains.

Harnessing the power of distributed computing

Edgility simplifies the deployment process, automating tasks and reducing manual intervention. Whether deploying network functions, business applications, or computing devices, organizations can leverage Edgility’s intuitive interface to roll out edge infrastructure swiftly and efficiently.

“There is an edge connectivity ecosystem that the Edgility platform needs to support. The Edgility platform enables deployments, updates and monitoring of computing and connectivity applications unto the edge at high scale,” explains Efrati.

“This enables organizations to utilize the power of distributed computing and empowers them to navigate the complexities of on-prem and cloud integration while unlocking efficiency, scalability and real time decision making at the edge.”

Real-time insights into performance metrics, resource utilization, and security vulnerabilities empower organizations to identify and address issues before they impact operations. This proactive approach not only enhances reliability but also minimizes downtime and ensures uninterrupted service delivery.

Moreover, Edgility is designed with scalability and flexibility in mind. Whether organizations are deploying edge infrastructure for a handful of locations or across a vast network, Edgility can adapt to evolving requirements effortlessly. Its modular architecture allows for seamless integration with existing systems and future-proofing for upcoming technologies.

“We are also harnessing the power of open source. There are a lot of open source components, from Linux open source to kubernetes which is a container based open source, and many others,” he continues.

Hyatt points out that as operators continue looking for cost-effective solutions, Telco Systems never loses sight of the main goal of supporting their end business customers who are driving the need for secure and reliable edge cloud connectivity.

In today’s digital landscape, the increasing demand for secure edge cloud connectivity underscores the paramount importance of safeguarding sensitive data and ensuring seamless, reliable access to resources at the network’s edge, as well as operational simplicity.

“Any time a service provider looks at rolling out applications and services, as new applications are coming up from the edge and these enterprise customers are reaching out to service providers globally to cater to their delivery needs, the biggest challenge these operators have is managing those at scale and the speed at which these new applications are coming online,” adds Hyatt.

“What is really driving this is artificial intelligence and machine learning workloads. They are coming online daily and there are new applications figuring out how to leverage AI and ML at the edge. You also see it in security around video analytics.”

Telco Systems’ Edgility, in a nutshell, represents a significant advancement in the field of edge computing. By offering a unified platform that simplifies planning, deployment, operation, and maintenance, Edgility aims to empower organizations to harness the full potential of edge computing at scale.

The company’s new SaaS portfolio comes with flexible plans aimed to simplify edge-to-cloud connectivity for a variety of customers. The company notes it comes with built in, lean network functions and flexible, customized applications. As the demand for edge solutions continues to rise, Edgility stands poised to drive innovation and unlock new possibilities in a rapidly evolving digital ecosystem.

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