Johnson Salako is the CEO of MPS Technologies Ltd, the company that is tasked with implementing the latest 3GPP standard mission critical communication network in Nigeria. This article will take a closer look at edge computing and how edge data centers can be used to deliver lightning-fast services with nominal latency.
Edge computing is an emerging IT paradigm that involves a range of networks at or near the service user. Innovative edge computing technology enables users to process data closer to where it is generated, facilitating processing at increased speeds and volumes and presenting scope for greater action-led results in real time.
When compared with traditional models, where computational power is centralized at an on-premises data center, edge computing offers some unique advantages, enabling companies to improve how they manage and utilize physical assets and create new interactive, human experiences. Examples of edge computing in action today include autonomous robots, self-driving cars, automated retail, and smart equipment data.
Edge data centers are small data centers that are located close to the edge of a network. Typically supporting the same devices found in traditional data centers, edge data centers have a much smaller footprint and are located closer to end users and devices, delivering cached content and cloud computing resources.
Edge computing architecture enables time-sensitive data to be processed close to the point of origin via an intermediary server located in close proximity. The purpose behind edge computing is to facilitate speedy delivery with minimal latency, thanks to the use of edge caching. For organizations working with big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), or cloud and streaming services, latency can be a huge problem. Edge data centers provide high performance to end users with low levels of latency, making for a better user experience.
An edge data center typically connects to either a larger central data center or multiple other edge data centers. Data is processed as close to the end user as practicable, with less time-centric or less important data processed via a central data center, helping companies to drive down latency.
Edge data centers are useful for companies operating a variety of different technologies, including the IoT, 5G, telecommunications networks, healthcare, autonomous vehicles and smart factories.
About MPS Technologies Ltd
The business value proposition of MPS Technologies Ltd focuses on four broad revenue categories, namely:
- Unified Security Communication Network: MPS Technologies Ltd is currently engaged in building and managing unified security communications networks for numerous organizations, with work underway on one such network to enhance the operational effectiveness of the Nigerian security agencies.
- Broadband Internet Services: The company operates Nigeria’s first and only 4.5G Pro LTE advanced network, which was developed to support ubiquitous public safety communication and enhanced broadband services.
- Network Infrastructure Provider: Leveraging the NPSCS platform and innovative technologies, MPS Technologies Ltd provides major network infrastructure throughout Nigeria.
- Managed Solutions: The company also provides and supports virtual private networks (VPNs), IP telephony, IP voice lines, surveillance systems, video conferencing, cloud services and more.
MPS Technologies Ltd’s mission is to establish itself as the most reliable and secure network, delivering world-class, mission-critical services everywhere, at every hour of the day or night.