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Cox heads to the edgeCox heads to the edge

Cable op launches Cox Edge, an edge cloud computing service with global aspirations focused on a range of low-latency apps and services that can be offered in and out of Cox's traditional network footprint.

Jeff Baumgartner

June 21, 2021

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Cox heads to the edge

With an eye fixed on the opportunity to support a wide array of low-latency apps and services in markets around the globe, Cox Communications last week launched a new unit called Cox Edge.

Cox Edge, billed as a full stack, edge cloud computing service, is booting up with service availability in more than a dozen US markets, including several that are in Cox's traditional cable footprint (such as San Diego, Las Vegas and Phoenix) as well as outside that footprint.

Seattle San Francisco San Jose Los Angeles Phoenix Denver Las Vegas San Diego Chicago Atlanta Miami Sterling, Virginia Ashburn, Virginia New York Source: Cox Communications.

Cox Edge also has plans to extend access to another 30-plus markets.

Kansas Tulsa Oklahoma City Louisiana New Orleans Pensacola Ocala Macon Houston Sacramento Roanoke Hampton Roads Detroit Northern Virginia Cleveland Rhode Island Connecticut Memphis Tallahassee Boston Santa Barbara Palos Verdes Sun Valley Orange County Minneapolis Portland Madison Nashville Jacksonville Pittsburgh Norfolk Source: Cox Communications.

Cox Edge will cover those areas by tapping into its own networks, largely through Cox Communications/Cox Business, as well as through a mix of infrastructure partners. The company will tie it all together with a cloud native stack and orchestration platform.

Among those partners is Stackpath, a company that is building an edge-focused global content delivery network. Cox, along with Juniper Networks, led a $216 million Series B funding round in Stackpath last year. Ron Lev, general manager of Cox Edge, and executive director of new growth at Cox, alluded that Cox is making investments in other types of infrastructure companies that can help Cox Edge unlock additional locations around the globe.

Cox Edge will start off with a portfolio that includes content delivery network services, edge bare metal offerings, serverless connectivity, virtual machine, distributed database and managed Kubernetes products. Cox Edge will effectively run as a unit of Cox, with linkages to the cable operator and its commercial services businesses. That's similar to how Cox2M, an enterprise IoT business focused on asset tracking and monitoring that launched in 2018, has been operating.

Cox Edge was spawned to focus on the market's need for low-latency compute services that augment current Internet and centralized cloud architectures, Lev explained.

"It's an infrastructure play," he said. Cox Edge has not announced any customers, but Lev said conversations with existing and new enterprise customers are underway. In addition to working with Cox Business, Cox Edge also intends to drive sales through yet-unnamed channel partners that have a reach into markets and business segments in the US and beyond that fall outside of the traditional Cox network and services scope.

As Cox Edge enters the fray, the company will of course run into other entities, including wireless/mobile operators, that have added edge computing and services to their respective portfolios. Cox Edge hopes to stand out by interlinking and unifying its own network assets with those of its partners.

"The last mile is something that we're bringing to the table that makes us unique [with] the assets that we have," said Lev, who believes Cox Edge is among a "first wave" of operators that are unlocking that last mile to enable edge computing capabilities.

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About the Author(s)

Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner is a Senior Editor for Light Reading and is responsible for the day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. Baumgartner, who previously had served as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013, was most recently Senior Content Producer-Technology at Multichannel News, heading up tech coverage for the publication's online and print platforms, and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting & Cable, a sister publication to Multichannel News. Baumgartner was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

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