Today, we announced the AT&T Foundry will be launching an edge computing test zone in Silicon Valley in early 2018. In the heart of where innovation lives and breathes, the AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto will work closely with developers, startups and other companies to test low-latency, next-gen cloud applications.

Simply put, it’s the next step in the evolution of our network.

So, what is edge computing? It means the processing and storage capabilities are placed near the perimeter—i.e., edge—of a provider’s network. To provide the best experience for high-performance, power-hungry applications on mobile devices, like augmented and virtual reality, edge computing seamlessly moves the computation to the cloud. And the faster speeds and lower latency expected with 5G will be key to near real-time, back-and-forth connections between the cloud and the user device.

If you want to dig in to the technical elements of edge computing, take a look at the white paper released today by AT&T Labs and AT&T Foundry. We’re excited about the possibilities ahead with edge computing and look forward to sharing key learnings from our test zone in Silicon Valley. 

Igal Elbaz - Vice President - Ecosystem and Innovation, AT&T Services, Inc.

Mazin Gilbert - Vice President of Advanced Technology at AT&T Labs