‘5G today is akin to WiFi; will change in 2022’

Dell CTO Roese sees availability of more modern versions of 5G altering outlook

December 21, 2021 10:55 pm | Updated 10:55 pm IST - Bengaluru

Today’s 5G is not significantly different or better than WiFi in most use cases, but this will change soon as more modern, capable versions of 5G become available to enterprises in 2022 and beyond, said John Roese, Global Chief Technology Officer, Dell Technologies.

“Markets are expected to see higher performance and more scalable 5G along with new features such as Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (UR-LLC) and Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC), with dialogue becoming much more dominant than traditional telecommunications,’’ Mr. Roese explained.

Enterprise use of 5G was still early, he said, adding that the opening of the private mobility ecosystem would accelerate with more cloud and IT industries involved on the path to 5G.

“We are living in a do-anything-from-anywhere economy, enabled by an exponentially expanding data ecosystem,” he observed. “It’s estimated 65% of global GDP will be digital in 2022.”

‘Dialogues about edge’

He expects the dialogues around edge computing to split into two: edge platforms that provide a stable pool of secure capacity for the diverse edge ecosystems, and software defined edge workloads/software stacks that extend application and data systems into real world environments.

Edge is a distributed computing paradigm that helps bring computation and storage closer to the data sources, improving response times and saving bandwidth.

As corporates extend public and private cloud data and application pipelines to the edge along with local IoT and data management edges, they can be delivered as software-defined packages leveraging the common edge platform of IT capacity, explained Mr. Roese.

“This means that your edge workloads can evolve and change at software speed because the underlying platform is a common pool of stable capacity,” he said, adding that the industry was already witnessing such a shift.

In 2022, “we expect these platforms to become more capable and pervasive.”

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