Google makes Distributed Cloud Edge hardware generally available

Google Cloud hardware

The company announced the availability of Google Distributed Cloud Edge (DCE), including Google Distributed Cloud Edge Appliances.

Google said DCE allows customers to run 5G Core and radio access network (RAN) functions at the Edge, enabling applications including anomaly detection using machine vision, robotics, IoT sensors, and local data pre-processing and scrubbing before it’s transferred to the cloud. The service is remotely managed by Google.

First announced at its Google Cloud Next ’21 conference in October 2021, DCE is a new suite of Edge and on-premise cloud products to rival the likes of AWS Outpost.

Hardware options come in two form factors; single rack-based configurations and Edge Appliances. Rack-based configurations include the rack, six servers, two top-of-rack switches, cabling, and optics, and can be configured for either AC or DC power. They are available in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Finland, and the United Kingdom.

The Edge Appliance includes a lightweight 1U ruggedized server, RAID-based local NFS storage, TPM for security, and an optional Nvidia GPU.

The search giant’s telecoms partnerships in this product include Bell Canada, which is deploying GDC Edge for its 5G core network functions, and Verizon, which is delivering Edge services to enterprises. Other partnerships including AT&T, Reliance JIO, Telus, and Indosat Ooredoo.

The company said its previously announced partnership with T-Systems uses Distributed Cloud Hosted.