5G networks are all set to bring massive changes, not just to the world of cloud computing and communications, but to the world as we know it. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), communication service providers (CSMs) need to provide a peak data speed of 20Gbps to be classified as 5G. That’s over 20 times faster than the current 4G LTE peak data speeds. This means the existing networks will need to undergo considerable transformations to meet these new last-mile requirements, and a lot of them are looking to the cloud for help.
Cloudification is the process of bolstering existing networks with cloud technology to prepare for the decreased latency, increased speed, and infinitely larger capacity of 5G networks. This includes software-defined networking (SDN), virtualized Radio Access Networks (vRAN), cloud-based virtualized networking, network function virtualization (NFV), and self-managed networks with cognitive automation. While some people think 5G will disrupt the cloud, 5G devices only process data locally and will have to depend on the cloud to process heavier applications involving ML/AI or Big Data.
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