Enterprises in Chicago and Atlanta to Experience the Near-Premises Advantage
AUSTIN and PHILADELPHIA – July 18, 2023 – Vapor IO and Comcast are teaming up on a pilot to enable third-party edge service providers to host data and applications in local Comcast markets. The companies will kick off initial projects in Chicago and Atlanta with the goal of demonstrating product readiness and identifying opportunities for scaling nationwide.
By enabling edge service providers to bring their data and applications closer to end-users, Vapor IO and Comcast will help to enable faster response times, lower latency, favorable economics, and better overall user experiences. The pilot will combine Vapor IO’s industry-leading Kinetic Grid® platform with Comcast’s robust network infrastructure.
“Our combined solution unlocks the economics of edge computing,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. “Integrating Vapor IO’s Kinetic Grid with Comcast’s nationwide 10G network gives third parties the ability to run edge applications cost-effectively, at scale and with better performance.”
The Near-Premises Edge
Vapor IO and Comcast will allow enterprises to quickly adopt near-premises services to rapidly accelerate innovation cycles and deploy new technologies without the cost and frustrations commonly associated with performing the same tasks on their premises.
“Our extensive network facilities are located in close proximity to businesses across the country and that presents an exciting opportunity to work with Vapor IO, specifically in Chicago and Atlanta, to enable new edge services that take advantage of the low latency and high bandwidth capabilities of our network,” said Elad Nafshi, Chief Network Officer, Comcast.
The XaaS Economy
The economics of shared infrastructure, when combined with the ability to serve hundreds or thousands of customers from a single platform, has the potential to revolutionize enterprise business models that have traditionally required large capital investments in on-premises infrastructure.
Vapor IO and Comcast expect to offer the following services available to customers in pilot markets that take advantage of this XaaS (anything as a service) approach:
- Computer vision as a service.
- Video security as a service.
- Private 5G as a service.
- Edge cloud as a service.
- Industry-specific applications as a service, including smart city, smart retail and smart factory.
The companies are targeting Q3 2023 for the initial pilots in Chicago and Atlanta.
About Vapor IO
Vapor IO is a fast-growth startup specializing in next-generation edge computing solutions. Our near-premises AI network and platform provide businesses with a reliable and scalable infrastructure to support edge workloads without the constraints of device or on-premises dependencies. We are dedicated to delivering the most cost-effective way to deploy AI and cloud services at the edge, thereby empowering organizations to drive innovation, reduce costs, and accelerate decision-making. Vapor IO’s Kinetic Grid services are available in 35 US markets, including its first eight operating markets (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Seattle), with more being deployed. The company is also prototyping a European expansion, starting in Barcelona. For more information, visit https://www.vapor.io
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company. From the connectivity and platforms we provide, to the content and experiences we create, our businesses reach hundreds of millions of customers, viewers, and guests worldwide. We deliver world-class broadband, wireless, and video through Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky; produce, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through brands including NBC, Telemundo, Universal, Peacock, and Sky; and bring incredible theme parks and attractions to life through Universal Destinations & Experiences. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.