This blog is by Rob McManus from Nokia Solutions and Networks.
Greetings from the Intel Developer Forum (IDF 10-12.9.2013) in San Francisco, where we’ve been invited to promote Liquid Applications as part of our ongoing collaboration with Intel. The IDF is an event where technologists can collaborate with all of the key industry players on innovations that change how consumers work, live, and play. The event hosts professionals from various technical disciplines, including developers, architects, business/technology decision makers and influencers and also various media organizations. One of the key aims of the IDF is to bring together various innovations and technologies that can be used to create new opportunities in the telecom and IT related marketplace. So Liquid Applications is a perfect fit !
Software Defined Network transformation
Liquid Applications is being showcased within the Technology Community area at the IDF, under the umbrella of Software Defined Infrastructure. It’s positioned in terms of a software defined network transformation, with the solution’s IT-based capabilities inside a mobile base station running on a virtualized Intel Crystal Forest platform. The “stand up and notice me” features of Liquid Applications are: localized processing, content storage, and access to real-time radio and network information. These bring IT data center capability to the wireless telecommunication radio edge enabling a state-of-the-art mobile edge computing solution.
Unlocking value from the mobile network edge
By moving content in close proximity to the mobile subscriber, we show how Liquid Applications will enable accelerated and compelling new services for an enhanced broadband experience. And its ability to interact in real-time with the subscriber, in terms of individual needs, location and social-based preferences means each user’s experience is completely personal. Using hyper-targeted advertising in defined locations is a key example of how to unlock the value from real-time data in the base station and improve the user experience.
Creating a distributed Cloud environment
Cloud is a hot topic. With Liquid Applications we show how an operator’s dense network of mobile base stations can be equipped with computing and storage capabilities to form a distributed Cloud-type of environment, empowering them to embrace and monetize new applications, services and data at its very source. Liquid Applications deploys fundamental Cloud computing principles, with Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) being used to locate applications within dedicated virtual machines, with a standard run-time environment being used for application execution.
In a nutshell: picture the mobile base station as a local hub for service creation and delivery, in close proximity to where people connect that will fundamentally change the definition of personalized service and the perception of the mobile network as a just a bit-pipe. This unique capability will generate welcome new forms of revenue for mobile operators as traditional revenue models established on voice and messaging continue to erode.
We have more to share on Liquid Applications here.