Each Kinetic Edge market has a custom-built Kinetic Edge network that behaves like a hyperscale backbone. These Kinetic Edge networks connect the in-market Kinetic Edge facilities to each other and to other important destinations, including prominent last mile networks, regional colo facilities, and nearby internet exchange points. The Kinetic Edge network can be extended to on-premises facilities, allowing enterprises to offload on-premises workloads into near-premises facilities without sacrificing latency or privacy.
The Kinetic Edge Exchange (KEX) cross-connects any two networks via software and at machine speed. This virtualized cross-connecting fabric allows Vapor IO customers to make real-time business decisions about how they virtually interconnect and exchange traffic. Any two networks can be cross-connected or disconnected, on demand, through network APIs. The KEX unleashes interconnection at the local level and democraties network-to-network interconnects.
One of the biggest shifts between 4G and5G networks is the upgrade to virtualized network functions (VNFs). No longer locked into physical appliances, VNFs allow telco system operators to run their network on readily-available cloud servers. The 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) requires very precise latency budgets to operate correctly. Vapor IO has designed its Kinetic Edge networks to support the 5G RAN 7.2 split, which requires 100µs or less latency between the virtualized baseband unit and the tower that carries the radio head. This allows the Kinetic Edge to support virtualized 5G network functions in low-latency environments alongside application servers that provide low-latency services that utilize the 5G networks, minimizing any route inefficiencies for exchange data between the application and the last mile network
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