The 5G Era: IBM and Red Hat Launch New Edge Computing Solutions

IBM has announced new services and solutions that will help enterprises and telecommunications companies speed up their transition to edge computing in the 5G era

IBM made this announcement at its Think Digital conference. The company started here where these new services and solutions will be backed by a broad ecosystem of partners.

This new development by IBM combines the company’s experience and expertise in multi-cloud environments with that of Red Hat Openshift. The company’s new offerings run on Red Hat Openshift which is a leading enterprise Kubernetes platform that runs everywhere. Red Hat Openshift runs from the data center to multiple public clouds and to the edge.

This Red Hat’s industry-leading open source technology became a part of IBM last year. The merger between these two businesses can be said to be one of the biggest tech acquisitions of all time.

The 5G telecommunications network comes with tremendous speed, very low latency, and minimal transmission delays to mobile data. This 5G network is designed to accelerate the utility of edge computing.

With the new edge services, enterprises will be able to tap into the potentials of 5G. These potentials will be used to support essential uses like emergency response, robotic surgery, or connected-vehicle safety features. These features benefit from the few milliseconds latency saved by not having to send workloads to a centralized cloud.

Denis Kennelly, the General Manager of IBM Hybrid Cloud, mentioned in his statement that; “In today’s uncertain environment, our clients are looking to differentiate themselves by creating more innovative, responsive user experiences that are adaptive and continuously available – from the data center all the way out to the edge.

“IBM is helping clients unlock the full potential of edge computing and 5G with hybrid multi-cloud offerings that bring together Red Hat OpenShift and our industry expertise to address enterprise needs in a way no other company can,” Kennelly added.

These new offerings allow enterprises to overcome the difficulties of managing workloads across a huge volume of devices from different vendors. It will also provide telecommunications the dexterity they need to quickly deliver edge-enabled services to their customers.

Right now, clients across industries can now fully understand the benefits of edge computing. These benefits include AI and analytics at the edge to achieve insights closer to where the work is done.

The new solutions provided include:


This is an automated management solution that has been designed for AI, analytics, and IoT enterprise workloads. All these would be deployed and remotely managed to deliver real-time analysis and insight at scale. This solution allows a single administrator to manage up to 10,000 edge nodes simultaneously. This is also the first solution to be powered by a breakthrough open-source project called Open Horizon. The Open Horizon was created by IBM engineers and they are designed to allow a single person to securely manage such a vast network of edge devices.



This is a new solution that delivers automation capabilities orchestrate virtual and container network functions for minutes. With this, service providers will be able to mage workloads on both Red Hat Openshift and Red Hat Open stock Platforms. This management would be critical as telcos look for different ways to modernize their networks. The essence of modernizing their network is to achieve greater agility and efficiency. Also, the essence is to provide new services today as 5G adoption expands.



The apps and services include IBM;

  •  Visual Insights,
  •  Maximo Production Optimization,
  •  Connected Manufacturing,
  •  Asset Optimization
  • Maximo Worker Insights
  • Visual Inspector.

All of these are set to give clients the flexibility they need to deploy AI and cognitive applications and services at scale.


These are teams for edge computing and telco network cloud that draw on IBM’s deep expertise. They help clients to deliver 5G and edge-enabled solutions across all industries.

In addition to all these, IBM is announcing the IBM Edge Ecosystem. This is an ecosystem through which an increasingly broad set of ISVs, GSIs, and more will be helping enterprises to capture the opportunities of edge computing. They will do this with a variety of solutions built upon IBM’s technology.

Also, IBM is creating the IBM Telco Network Cloud Ecosystem. This ecosystem will bring together a set of partners across the telecommunications industry that offer a breadth of network functionalities. This will help providers to deploy their network cloud platforms.

These open ecosystems of equipment manufacturers, networking and IT providers and the software providers include; Cisco, Dell Technologies, Juniper, Intel, NVIDIA, Samsung, Packet & Equinix, Hazelcast, Sysdig, Turbonomic, Portworx,  Humio, Indra Minsait, Eurotech, Arrow Electronics, ADLINK, Acromove, Geniatech, SmartCone, CloudHedgeAltiostar, Metaswitch, F5 Networks, and ADVA.

There have been businesses working with IBM before now to deploy edge computing technologies. These companies are:

One, Vodafone Business. They have been working with IBM to help in improving safety for workers and the productivity of workers in remote locations. Locations affected include oil rigs, factories, warehouses, ports, and mines. The combination of these three (Vodaphone Mobile Private Networks, IBM Edge Application, and Red Hat Openshift) provides new solutions. This new solution uses sensors, AI, and also predictive and video analytics to understand and respond to incidents in milliseconds. This would, in turn, keep workers safe.

The CEO of Vodafone Business in the person of Vinod Kumar mentioned that;

“At Vodafone Business, our primary focus is keeping our customers and their employees connected and safe, whether remote working or working from remote locations. Vodafone Mobile Private Networks, IBM edge computing and AI technologies enable companies to oversee operations even in the most remote locations, where rapid action can mean the difference between a near miss and a disaster.”

Two, Samsung. This electronic brand is collaborating with IBM and M1 (a telecommunications provider) to develop and test industry 4.0 solutions. They would use 5G and edge computing for Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).

KC Choi, the EVP of Global B2B Sales of Samsung Electronics said in a statement that;

5G and edge will enable massive innovation for manufacturers, with 5G networks enabling phones and devices at the edge to deliver new AI-driven improvements to quality, productivity and safety. But the ability to achieve the scale and effectively manage the connectivity of the vast number of devices and sensors in a manufacturing environment is complex.

He continued by further stating that; “To address this challenge and enable Industry 4.0 innovation at scale, we’re collaborating to put IBM’s edge computing and AI solutions and Samsung end-to-end 5G network platform and mobile devices to work. Together, we’ll deliver new 5G enabled solutions leveraging sound and video insights as well as augmented reality to uncover anomalies that can occur throughout the manufacturing process.”

Three, Equinix. This company is building a reference architecture that brings the IBM Cloud Paks ecosystem to the edge of the network. This interconnected Edge Metal infrastructure which is powered by Pocket bare-metal technology, Red Hat Openshift, and IBM Edge Application Manager will help enterprises to build edge applications once and also deploy anywhere.

Working with IBM on our Edge Metal Private Beta is a perfect example of how collaboration can enable enterprises to tap into the power of the hybrid cloud for low-latency use cases.

“With interconnected, automated bare-metal paired with edge computing and hybrid multi-cloud solutions from IBM and Red Hat, our customers can tap into a blueprint for rapid innovation at the network edge.

Our Metro Edge locations will also have the advantage of enabling consolidation from the locations of the remote-on premises (edge-in) or migration from the cloud (cloud-out) and yet still remain close enough to where data is created and actions are taken to reduce latency, avoid bandwidth constraints, and retain a high level of operational resilience.”  The Managing Director of Bare Metal at Equinix in the person of Zac Smith.






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