Those new data centers, regardless of ownership will need power, cooling, remote management and enclosures if they are to be resilient.
However, all that infrastructure to support 5G and edge isn’t going to come for free. According to the GSMA, the trade group that hosts MWC, carriers will spend more than $160bn on an annual basis to rollout 5G networks globally.
To help keep those costs in check, operators and the other owners of edge compute will need to make efficiency an even bigger priority. For example, remote monitoring and management will play an important role. An operator survey from 451 Research revealed that 55 percent of operators see data center infrastructure management (DCIM) as key to the successful rollout of 5G and MEC.
The disruption that 5G introduces to the telecoms industry is affecting how they will deploy IT to enable the transition. With so many new edge sites being created to facilitate 5G, all of which will need infrastructure support, there is immense opportunity for the resellers community to share in the $160bn per year investment.