Cloud computing has taken on a critical role in organizations in recent years, and this became evident in 2020 as the workforce pivoted to remote work. Companies with a strong cloud infrastructure were able to sustain relatively normal business operations with no or few interruptions. As many organizations contemplate remaining fully remote or offering a hybrid work setup, 5G can offer a wider range of solutions for workflow, but it will also necessitate 5G and MEC security considerations.
5G can empower mobile devices to exchange massive quantities of data at higher speeds than ever before. Because of this, IT Business Edge reports, "The cloud and its various architectures (hybrid, on-premises, and public) will be necessary to manage the increase in storage needed for these devices to house the onslaught of data."
MEC, combined with 5G, could take businesses across a variety of industries beyond what cloud computing and 5G can do alone.
In manufacturing, 5G and MEC can improve the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), potentially allowing machines on a factory floor to communicate in real time and alert workers to maintenance issues before they disrupt operations.
Technologies like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) supported by 5G and MEC could offer a richer experience in education, retail, and other industries by providing higher levels of reliability and better bandwidth.