AWS公司开始将旗下AWS Outposts边缘计算硬件与Verizon Communications Inc.的5G网络技术进行整合，为那些正在实施仓库机器人等计划的客户提供支持。
The companies announced the partnership today.
Outposts is a service through which enterprises can purchase appliances that function as miniature versions of the Amazon.com Inc. unit’s public cloud. They can deploy those appliances in their data centers, or other locations such as factories. The main benefit is lower latency: Sensory logs from factory equipment take less time to travel to an appliance located in the same plant than to a remote AWS data center, which means processing can be done faster.
As part of the partnership with Verizon, AWS has integrated Outposts with Verizon’s Private 5G Edge platform. The platform allows organizations to set up a dedicated 5G network at factories, corporate campuses and other locations. Systems at those locations can use the 5G network to exchange data with one another.
By combining private cloud hardware with high-speed wireless connectivity, AWS and Verizon hope to offer enterprises an all-in-one infrastructure package for building edge computing environments. The companies are targeting potential customers in a wide range of verticals.
Manufacturers can run factory management software on Outposts to enable “real-time monitoring, automation, and optimization, as raw material is turned into the final product,” detailed George Elissaios, general manager and director of products at AWS’ edge computing services unit. Warehouse operators can harness the technology to coordinate pallet-carrying robots. Hospitals, in turn, could use it “for rapid access to radiological scans on-site and local processing of sensitive patient data,” Elissaios elaborated.
AWS边缘计算服务部门总经理兼产品总监George Elissaios对此做了详细的介绍，他称制造商可以在Outposts上运行工厂管理软件，实现 "实时监控、自动化和优化，因为原材料在这种情况下变成了最终产品"。Elissaios还举了一个例子，仓库操作员可以利用该技术对搬运托盘的机器人进行协调，医院则可以利用这种技术 "在现场快速调用放射扫描并对敏感病人数据进行本地处理，"
The integration with Verizon’s 5G technology is aimed at overcoming the limitations of the traditional networking approaches historically used in edge computing environments. One common approach is to build a Wi-Fi network. They’re a cost-efficient option, AWS’ Elissaios explained, but have certain shortcomings: They can be difficult to manage and are prone to performance issues.
Traditional wired networks offer more reliable performance, but they’re expensive to upgrade because of the need for a large amount of physical hardware. AWS and Verizon argue that bringing 5G into the mix removes this tradeoff while improving network performance in the process.
One of the first customers to adopt the companies’ joint offering is Apple Inc. supplier Corning Inc., which provides the glass used to make iPhone displays. Corning has deployed Outposts hardware with a Verizon-powered 5G network at its North Carolina optical cable plant to power automation applications.
Industrial automation applications and many other latency-sensitive workloads are often designed to support users in a relatively small area, such as a factory site. But in some cases, they have to cover much larger distances. A delivery company’s truck diagnostics system, for instance, might collect sensory data from vehicles spread across an entire city.
For such use cases, AWS offers a separate edge computing offering called AWS Wavelength that it’s also delivering in partnership with carriers such as Verizon. It allows companies to deploy their applications in cloud infrastructure deployed inside Verizon’s data centers. Those data centers, in turn, are located at edge of the carrier’s 5G network, which reduces information travel delays and thereby cuts latency.
AWS为这一类的用例提供了一个单独的边缘计算产品，名为AWS Wavelength。AWS与Verizon等运营商的合作也提供AWS Wavelength服务。因此企业应用的部署可以置于部署在Verizon数据中心内的云基础架构上。而这些数据中心由于位于运营商5G网络的边缘，所以可以减少信息传输延迟，从而降低系统时延。