5G is one of the fastest emerging technological innovations which most have taken cognizance of. The spectrum is set to make 4G obsolete. However, there is more to this communication iterative than meets the eye.
Under the hood, 5G is quite different when one brings in the 5G New Radio (NR) standard. The 5G NR is the new standard for 5G networks across the globe.
5G NR is a broad spectrum that utilizes many technologies. One of them is Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency (URLLC), which, as its name implies, is a service that can be banked upon anytime.
Moreover, the reliable service brings forth a whole new suite of features. Ranging from remote robot control to innovative car collision systems, one can enjoy a great deal of many untold utilities which are required in this day and age.
This is one of the most significant feats of 5G as the on-air latency period of URLLC has been chopped down to a minimum of one millisecond. However, this delay is negligible as it is within permissible limits. And that is what 5G is all about. Especially in this fast-paced world where cloud communications are vital for global operations.
This is the primary reason as to why there should be as little as a latency there can be. The lack of latency is a significant aspect of the 5G spectrum regarding cloud operations.
Understanding 5G Latency and Azure’s WAN
It is impossible, for now, to cater to all the end-users and harness the computational power of the cloud with no latency. This aspect is no different than Achille’s heel, as network operators are one of the most critical links in business operations.
Due to the current technological impediments, network entrepreneurs rely on internet connectivity to nullify the latency. This high latency is a potential threat to wick away the benefits of the 5G spectrum, and users will be on the receiving end of this unresolved latency.
Like the network operators, Microsoft has also poured in considerable investments in maintaining and bettering their networks. This goes on to underscore how vital communications are. Microsoft has also realized the emerging needs of the 5G clientele and molded their Azure to cater to the needs.
It is no secret that Microsoft keeps modernizing Azure with the addition of new features. Taking cognizance of the faster network requirements, the IT giant ingrained cloud technology with Wide-Area Network or WAN feature. The feature allows the 5G network operator to enjoy the best of both worlds.
The operator can oversee faster and reliable connections with the Azure datacenters from the 5G devices. And this benefit extends to third-party services which Azure customers employ.
Emerging network operators can reap the 5G benefits using Azure by building their unique 5G network by exploiting an already tried and tested formula. This will drastically cut down the human and monetary capital.
Azure’s WAN’s extensive reach primarily boosts the reduction of efforts and money. Microsoft has established 175,000 miles of fiber connectivity and control over underwater cable networks. The wide network encompasses 60 regions in 140 countries across the globe.
And let’s not forget that Azure is the world’s second-biggest cloud. It has a wide array of subscribers up its sleeve as its fiber network can sustain simultaneous failures deftly. The IT giant also dedicated reserve fiber capacity for emergencies. This effectively means that there is a lot of unused capacity for new and unexpected needs.
What sets this network apart from the others is that Microsoft fully operates them. Thanks to Microsoft for helming it, this offloads various privacy concerns as the fiber network is heavily encrypted.
Why Azure is apt for 5G
Having anticipated the 5G spectrum, Microsoft expended its efforts in building a hybrid-global traffic orchestrator. This traffic master directs network packets over Azure’s WAN, which utilizes the software built specifically for 5G traffic movement. The software wicks away the requirement of traditional internet protocols as latency does not exist in the 5G realm.
The software allows Microsoft to route 5G packets over a high bandwidth connection with low latency. This is not only fast but also cost-effective as traffic is directed through affordable paths.
This fast and cost-effective method came into existence as Microsoft reinvented its WAN to support 5G network. This ingenuity allows network operators to conduct their businesses without the interference of the existing cloud infrastructure. The IT giant also extended network verification features for Virtual WANs and networks.
The feature allows the network operator to expect potential constraints modeled on the customer topologies. This can be done at the time of network deployment or while making a configuration change.
To sweeten the deal, Microsoft has also ingrained Azure’s WAN with machine learning. This addition would predict the link outages and mold its strategies to mitigate congestions. Gleaning off the vital statistics, machine learning would better the availability and execution of WAN.
Microsoft has been doling out innovation in the form of Azure. Thanks to its eye to detail, Microsoft has been named a leader by Gartner in its survey. Though 5G has not yet fully taken shape, Microsoft has made Azure future-proof, a requirement of the present. With low latency and cost-effectiveness, Azure is the collaborative partner that 5G operators need.
However, knowing how to harness Azure’s power for 5G is not child’s play. To start with, 5G is in its infancy, and Microsoft keeps grinding its gears to ensure Azure is always current with the needs of the present and the future. The latter makes Azure a labyrinth to navigate through.
You could always opt for the services of Effiniti as we know Azure by the back of our hands. Be it an enterprise or a Fortune 500 company, we have an in-house team to tailor a solution based on your requirements. Reach out to us and harness the potential of 5G with Azure.