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Virtual 5G CDN from Varnish enables edge caching for CSPs

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For 5G to be truly transformative, it isn’t just network connections that need to support next generation networking, which means distribution technologies will also need to be upgraded to 5G-ready products, and this includes content delivery networks (CDNs).

And Varnish Software, a producer of high-performance digital content distribution, has announced the launch of a new 5G-ready content delivery network (CDN), which enables communication service providers (CSPs) to build new products that harness the power of 5G and mobile edge computing (MEC).

"Consumer expectations of 5G have been set high, but to make these a reality, operators are going to have to rethink how they architect their systems."

Lars Larsson, Varnish Software.

“Varnish Edge Cloud is the next stage in the evolution of Varnish,” said Lars Larsson, CEO at Varnish Software. “As mobile devices come to dominate how content is accessed, and increasing levels of data processing occur at the network edge, the speed and latency of content delivery is more important than ever. Consumer expectations of 5G have been set high, but to make these a reality, operators are going to have to rethink how they architect their systems, and move storage and caching needs to take place at the outermost edge of the network.”

Varnish Edge Cloud CDN

The Varnish Edge Cloud CDN is a virtualized 5G-ready solution, which provides edge caching, while handling more client requests with less infrastructure utilization. According to Varnish software, cache capacity of Varnish Edge Cloud nodes can scale on demand, which means it can handle high density situations, “such as those needed in stadiums and city centers, as well as demand spikes from live sports events, season finales and viral content”, the company said. And each node can support up to 100,000 concurrent users.

"Varnish Edge Cloud enables our partners to deliver on the promise of 5G networks by matching the speed gains that 5G makes possible."

Espen Braastad, Varnish Software.

“Varnish Edge Cloud enables our partners to deliver on the promise of 5G networks by matching the speed gains that 5G makes possible, while protecting the core network and origin servers from huge demand,” explained Espen Braastad, VP engineering at Varnish Software. “This new solution not only helps organizations create new 5G-based services and revenue streams to future-proof their business and enhance their customers’ experience, but as a fully managed service, we can make it even easier to get started with their 5G journey.”

Varnish Edge Cloud can be delivered as a fully managed software solution, where Varnish experts become an extension of the operator, designing and supporting a network unique to specific business needs. 

To find out more about Varnish Edge Cloud, visit the Varnish Software website: https://www.varnish-software.com/solutions/varnish-edge-cloud/

Dan is a British journalist with 20 years of experience in the design and tech sectors, producing content for the likes of Microsoft, Adobe, Dell and The Sunday Times. In 2012 he helped launch the world's number one design blog, Creative Bloq. Dan is now editor-in-chief at 5Gradar, where he oversees news, insight and reviews, providing an invaluable resource for anyone looking to stay up-to-date with the key issues facing 5G.