After the break, Phil asked Ellen how her experience managing the cloud services division of Verizon after the carrier acquired her startup, CloudSwitch, informs her thoughts about telecom providers’ role on the edge.
Some of the challenges they faced were the ability to deploy tech in a really agile way and then make it accessible to developers. Those were new and hard. I watched the forces of change trying to deal with the existence of billions of dollars in current business. But there is a role for carriers. They have connectivity and the ability to run multiple connections across the cloud. You want to see carriers as enabling partners even if they can't provide the hyperscale that others can.
I have a feeling we'll see some similar things happening on the edge now.
As an example of how communications providers are partnering with other players to develop the edge, Ellen talked about our recent partnership with SBA Communications and Packet to provide the data layer for an edge data center at the base of SBA’s Boston-area tower. SBA’s tower provides massive connectivity, a location on the metro edge, power and security, while Packet provides its bare metal compute cloud.
ClearSky’s service acts as the data layer, enabling customers to quickly connect as much storage as they need, and it’s all protected. And because our service only caches hot data at the location, 100 TB of local storage can represent 1 PB of actual storage, which is a huge advantage on the edge, where space and power are tightly constrained.
As Ellen said to Phil: “Everyone is thinking about connectivity and location [with the edge], but not about data. I think there's a whole greenfield opportunity to claim that space, the whole lifecycle of the data on the edge with very high performant primary storage that includes backup, DR, and security.”
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