Azure for Operators and ISVs are enabling modern connected apps
Published Jul 18 2023 06:38 AM 121K Views
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Azure MEC solutions enable customers to deploy applications and services closer to the end user, improving performance and reducing latency. Over the last year, several operators and enterprises have begun to leverage the power of both public and private MEC, enabling a host of new use cases across numerous industries. Azure MEC solutions run on two tracks, public and private, which can be described in the following ways:

 

  • Azure public MEC integrates Azure services with the mobile operator's public 5G network connectivity. It provides secure, reliable, and high bandwidth connectivity for low-latency applications and helps solve critical business problems at the operator’s edge.
  • Azure private MEC combines network functions and edge-optimized Azure services to deliver high-performance, ultra-low-latency solutions over 4G and 5G to address the modern business needs of enterprise customers.

 

Azure MEC “At-A-Glance”

 

 

Azure private MEC

Azure public MEC

What is it?

Enables enterprises and operators to build a private 4G/5G network for edge compute and applications at an enterprise location.

Azure public MEC enables enterprises and operators to connect to edge compute at an operator or Microsoft location.

Spectrum

Licensed or unlicensed

Operators public 4G/5G network

Mobile Network

SI, ISV, or enterprise-managed cellular network

Operator owned and managed public cellular network

 

ISV Strategy

Independent Software Vendors, or ISVs, play a critical role in helping to develop modern connected applications across varied industries that are tailored to the specific requirements of multi-edge access compute (MEC). ISVs perform this critical function by bringing key expertise from various domains, and by developing innovative solutions that leverage the capabilities of edge computing.

 

At MWC Barcelona (February 2023), we introduced ISV programs for both Azure private and Azure public multi-edge access compute ( . These programs were designed to help partners develop and test modern connected applications that require the low latency and reliable high-bandwidth connectivity of 5G. Our ever-expanding partner ecosystem continues to provide customers with the platform and solutions they need to deploy, manage, and operate their own applications at the edge.

 

Our ISV partners further deliver a diverse range of software solutions for industry verticals, such as smart cities, industrial IoT, healthcare, and retail. This level of diversity allows enterprises to find and deploy applications that suit their specific and unique needs, helping to further drive the adoption and evolution of MEC in both public and private deployments.

 

  • By building a rich ISV ecosystem, Azure MEC solutions ensure compatibility and interoperability with various software solutions.
  • ISVs provide support and maintenance services for their applications, ensuring that organizations have access to assistance when deploying and using these applications on MEC platforms. This effort helps organizations to overcome their challenges, and to maximize the value they derive from edge computing technologies.
  • A thriving ISV ecosystem attracts more customers to MEC platforms. When organizations see a wide range of third-party applications and services available for MEC, they are more likely to adopt the technology. In turn, this leads to increased market penetration and the adoption of MEC in various industries, benefiting both public and private deployments in the process.

In summary, the ISV ecosystem developed and supported by Microsoft is important for both private and public MEC, because it offers a diverse array of applications, accelerates innovation, ensures interoperability, provides extensive customer support, and helps to expand the market for edge computing technologies.

 

Over the last year, we have onboarded multiple ISVs who provide solutions across several industries, running on Azure:

  • Retail & Consumer Goods
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing & Mobility
  • Government and Critical Infrastructure

Program Benefits

ISVs who are enrolled in an Azure MEC ISV program receive technical benefits and platform capabilities designed to help them develop and enhance their solutions through improved connectivity, while speeding time to market. Upon publishing their application on Azure Marketplace (link), the ISV will have access to these additional benefits:

 

Partner Benefit Private MEC ISV program Public MEC ISV program

Access to Lab for Testing & Validation

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Azure credits for testing

 

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Microsoft Partner Center

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Self-paced training

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Azure Marketplace

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GTM / Co-sell support

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Technical Onboarding Support

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Partner to partner connecting to connect with Telcos

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Speed to Market

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Expanding our Ecosystem

Because Microsoft understands the value of our partner ecosystem, we continue to develop and support the health of this diverse and evolving network. Today, we are actively adding new ISVs to these programs in order to continue providing more solutions that address a variety of use cases for enterprises.

 

Azure private MEC ISV program: newly added ISVs

inVia Robotics’ Warehouse Automation drives intelligent warehouse optimization systems with the integration of Azure private MEC and AI-powered optimization software in autonomous mobile robots to automate and systematically optimize material flow across facilities.

 

“The combination of inVia's AI-powered Warehouse Automation and Azure private MEC technology empowers retailers to meet and exceed ever-increasing consumer demands. It also enables prompt and precise fulfillment of eCommerce orders." Kristen Moore, Chief Marketing Officer, Invia Robotics

 

NSION built its NSC3™ Unified Visual Command as a Service to supply mission-critical operators with AI-enhanced situational awareness by harnessing the power of edge-based AI and low latency in coalition with drones, bodycams, and dashcams.

“NSION Core™ Platforms are an Azure Cloud Cluster, EDGE-Stack, and Private MEC Network compatible system that enables cross network and organizational utilization of true, real-time video and data to deliver real-time analytics using any data and any form video feeds.” Matti Kronqvist, Chief of Innovation

 

Synch’s Push To Talk solution, together with Azure private MEC, enables a secure, cloud-based unified communications suite that provides real-time Push to Talk (voice), video, chat, and location-based services that operate effectively over mobile and 4G/5G networks.

“Through our collaboration with Azure and by utilizing private MEC, we're amplifying Synch's potential. We're blending our advanced collaboration platform with Azure's robust network to transform how first-line workers communicate and operate. This partnership promises efficiency, productivity, and safety enhancements that will redefine the future of work." Joey Golan, CTO, Synch

 

Trend Micro’sMobile Network Security leverages the power of the private 5G core to meet end-to-end security in mission-critical private mobile networks, ensuring the security of mobile user equipment (UE), IoT endpoint devices, and edge computing application servers.

 

“Beneficial from Trend Micro, CTOne, and Microsoft collaboration, our customers can easily and quickly build a reliable and secure 5G enterprise private network and edge computing environment for digital transformation.” Jason Huang, Head of 5G New Business Unit, Trend Micro, and CEO, CTOne Inc.

 

 

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Azure public MEC ISV program: newly added ISVs

apoQlar's VSI HoloMedicine® XR platform helps surgeons visualize critical anatomical structures; it also enables surgical planning, remote consultation, patient education, and medical training. To provide surgeons with a seamless experience, medical images have to be remotely rendered without compromising quality or user experience. The high bandwidth and low latency compute environment supplied by Azure public MEC in collaboration with Singtel is the ideal infrastructure to support this application.

 

“The future of hospitals is not about improving or creating more buildings, but rather about enabling a software architecture that can continuously improve existing medical workflows and support new ones.” Sirko Pelzl, CEO of apoQlar

 

Quantiphi helps customers build end-to-end AI workflows with immersive Generative AI powered Conversational systems, Intelligent Video Analytics for Safety and Surveillance, Real-Time Transcriptions, and Closed Captioning. Azure public MEC offers expansive computational resources and robust GPUs, facilitating efficient processing of speech, responses, and high-fidelity graphics. This integration of advanced technologies creates a comprehensive and highly versatile digital avatar that offers tremendous value and a wide range of services within the Singtel 5G and Azure public MEC ecosystem.

 

“Quantiphi has been at the forefront of innovating Customer Experience (CX) and building custom AI applications in the enterprise. Singtel’s low latency 5G network and Azure public MEC has made it easier to rapidly develop, deploy and personalize the complex workflows underlying our solution. This involves a complex multi-step inference pipeline which combines Automatic Speech Recognition, LLM-based dialogue agents and real-time character animation.” Siddharth Kotwal, Global Head of NVIDIA Practice at Quantiphi

 

Hiverlab’s SpatialWork software helps users create spatial digital twins for real-world systems. By integrating 3D spatial information and data, IOT sensors, and industrial systems on a global scale, the software enables users to interact seamlessly with the spatial digital twin in both virtual and real-world environments, using extended reality. By leveraging Azure public MEC, Hiverlab can utilize intensive compute resources on the edge alongside traditional computing requirements (such as remote rendering, video surveillance, and IOT data processing), as close as possible to the source where the data is being generated. This effort delivers the benefits of lower latency, reduced data bottlenecks, and higher bandwidth.

 

“At Hiverlab, we are proud to redefine the boundaries of human interaction with machines. SpatialWork empowers businesses and individuals with transformative experiences, opening new opportunities in spatial computing and extended reality.  Azure public MEC allows us to unleash the capabilities of our AI and Machine Learning solutions within SpatialWork.” Ender Jiang, Founder of Hiverlab

 

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Getting started

For anyone interested in becoming a part of this rich ecosystem, it’s easy to join our ISV programs.  Simply complete the appropriate intake forms and register for the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program (MCP) if you are not already a member. The MCP is a free-of-cost program and provides participating ISVs with exclusive access to a variety of tools, benefits, and resources that help to drive business growth.

 

Learn more and register for the appropriate ISV program:

  • Watch this video to learn more about the Azure private MEC ISV program and complete this form to register for the program.
  • Watch this video to learn more about the Azure public MEC ISV program and complete this form to register for the program.
  • Download the e-book Business Leader’s Guide to Modern Connected Apps and sign up for our newsletter to get insights, tips, and product updates.

 

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