Though deployment is still ongoing, Edge Gravity has already signed on several partners such as Limelight Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: LLNW) and Net Insight AB (Stockholm: NETI-B), and startups such as Haste and Mode. (See Limelight Connects to Ericsson's Edge Cloud .)
Limelight is tapping into the network to expand its reach and tack on more capacity without handing to standup more infrastructure. The CDN angle was the "first and easiest" application for the new edge network, Boudreau said.
Mode, a startup in San Francisco, has developed software that accelerates the decision-making process for routing for services -- such as collaboration software -- that have stringent latency demands. The idea here is that Mode can boost the performance of its software by touching packets coming out of the operator network itself.
Haste, meanwhile, has built a low-latency service for gamers (with an eye toward other real-time apps) that it's also pitching to ISPs as a potential driver of new revenues.
Haste is now running in Edge Gravity's nodes. While Haste also requires users to run the company's client on their gaming machine, the company is exploring ways to embed Haste into the network itself, company co-founder Adam Toll said at the same EdgeNext Summit event. (See Haste Sounds Out ISPs on Low-Latency Service for Gamers .)
In addition to getting current partners rolling, another priority for Edge Gravity is to prepare to onboard another batch of apps and services that are optimized for this type of edge network.
Regarding cases of pushback, Boudreau notes that some companies argue that they are already doing this on their own, but on their own network. "But nobody wants to be on just one network. They want to be on all the networks that they can," he counters.
Others, particularly smaller service providers, claim that they don't have the resources to pull this off. But that fits into a primary purpose of Edge Gravity, he said, in that the company is in position to handle the heavy lifting that those providers can't handle on their own.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor, Light Reading