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NTT launches Edge-as-a-Service to accelerate automation

NTT has announced the launch of Edge-as-a-Service, a managed edge compute platform that gives enterprises the ability to deploy quickly, manage and monitor applications closer to the edge.

NTT and VMware, in collaboration with Intel, are partnering to innovate on edge-focused solutions and services. NTT uses VMware's Edge Compute Stack to power its new Edge-as-a-Service offering.

Additionally, VMware is adopting NTT's Private 5G technologies as part of its edge solution. The companies will jointly market the offering through coordinated co-innovation, sales, and business development.

NTT's Edge-as-a-Service offering is a globally available integrated solution that accelerates business process automation. It delivers near-zero latency for enterprise applications at the network edge, optimising costs and boosting end-user experiences in a secure environment.

NTT's Edge-as-a-Service offering, powered by VMware's Edge Compute Stack, includes Private 5G connectivity and will be delivered by NTT across its global footprint running on Intel network and edge technology.

“Combining Edge and Private 5G is a game changer for our customers and the entire industry, and we are making it available today,” says Shahid Ahmed, group EVP, New Ventures and Innovation CEO, NTT.

“The combination of NTT and VMware's Edge Compute Stack and Private 5G delivers a unique solution that will drive powerful outcomes for enterprises eager to optimise the performance and cost efficiencies of critical applications at the network edge," he says.

"Minimum latency, maximum processing power, and global coverage are exactly what enterprises need to accelerate their unique digital transformation journeys.

As factories increase their reliance on robotics, vehicles become autonomous, and manufacturers move to omnichannel models, there is a greater need for distributed compute processing power and data storage with near-instantaneous response times. VMware's secure application development, resource management automation, and real-time processing capabilities combined with NTT's multi-cloud and edge platforms, creates a fully integrated Edge+Private 5G managed service. VMware and NTT's innovative offering resides closer to where the data is generated or collected, enabling enterprises to access and react to information instantaneously.

This solution, which leverages seamless multi-cloud and multi-tenant connectivity, combined with NTT's capabilities in network segmentation, and expertise with movement from private to public 5G, provides critical benefits for multiple industries, including manufacturing, retail, logistics, and entertainment.

“Enterprises are increasingly distributed — from the digital architecture they rely on to the human workforce that powers their business daily. This has spurred a sea change across every industry, altering where data is produced, delivered, and consumed,” says Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, service provider, and edge business unit, VMware.

“Bringing VMware's Edge Compute Stack to NTT's Edge-as-a-Service will enable our mutual customers to build, run, manage, connect and better protect edge-native applications at the Near and Far Edge while leveraging consistent infrastructure and operations with the power of edge computing.

NTT's Edge-as-a-Service platform was developed to help secure, optimise and simplify organisations' digital transformation journeys. Edge-as-a-Service is part of NTT's Managed Service portfolio, which includes Network-as-a-Service and Multi-Cloud-as-a-Service, all designed for enterprises to focus on their core business.

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