Tony: Yes. Let’s say you add a remote office. This is what most would consider scaling. However, that office needs to have access to information. It needs to be supported with printers, laptops, and phones – which is also scaling.
We have noticed this being especially prevalent now, with the explosion of edge computing and the rise of in-field devices with IoT.
If you’re a utility or subcontractor in the construction business, for example, your service team’s technicians are all empowered by edge computing. Here, you might ask, “Do we need to have the computers centralized in Toronto? Or, can we have some of this processing happen at the edge-out in the field?”
I think we’re going to see a lot more of those use cases, especially as 5G continues to get rolled out into different regions. You’ll be able to have some of that processing and decision-making done at the outer edges of the network rather than having that traffic routed back to the office or the central data center.
That’s what I was talking about, scaling out. It may not apply to everyone today, but it’s indeed happening in sectors like transportation utilities, parts of the financial services sector, and government as well. I think there’s a kernel of wisdom there about being sensitive, especially to reach and where data gets created.