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Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Prem Jain and Soni Jiandani, Co-Founders of Pensando Systems (Part 5)

Posted on Friday, Jul 3rd 2020

Sramana Mitra: When you talk about autonomous vehicles as a use case, the processing is happening on the vehicle-specific manner in a central unit, or is the actual processing happening at the vehicle?

Soni Jiandani: Let’s talk about companies like Fedex. Let’s even talk about the healthcare industry. It’s unfortunate we are dealing with COVID in our own ways.

The next wave of how you are going to do contact tracing and how you are going to reconcile all of that will rely on a combination of a lot of streaming analytics software. If you can power it with an engine that Pensando has built, we will give you the ability to stream real-time data at very high speeds while sitting in a very distributed manner.

Another example is Fedex. All the distribution centers are where the data is residing. You’d want to have the ability to take all the data sitting across the locations that you conduct business in. You want to have the ability to process a lot of information on all the things that you have to keep track. As its gets more disaggregated, value continues to increase. 

Sramana Mitra: Architecturally, where is the processing happening? Is it at the edge or centrally?

Prem Jain: It’s happening at the edge. Cellphones is another example. We can sit right behind where the radio terminates and connect the radio to the IP network. It’s all distributed.

Today, they will virtualize the servers and run different things. What they’re finding with our technology is, we can reduce the number of servers and improve performance and ROI.

We can terminate any protocol that is running between the RAM and devices. Then you connect to their backbone networks by doing a NAT [network address translation] and firewall capability, separating out the control plane data to the processing data which goes to the billing or accounting versus the real data which is going out to the IP network.

We fit nicely at the edge. That’s why we are continuously saying, “We have the device that can accelerate the edge.” People are thinking Intel processors will keep on providing that kind of processing power. They realize the way to accelerate is to use the technology such as ours and provide all these capabilities.

This is just a starting point. There are a lot of ideas we have moving forward on how to make this more efficient and better. It could be a cloud edge or server edge.

Sramana Mitra: But not the device edge. No instance of Pensando is going to be sitting in a vehicle or cellphone?

Prem Jain: No. It’s not for IoT devices. It’s for IoT aggregation.

Sramana Mitra: I have one question that comes to my mind. It’s a company that I’ve been tracking called Airspan. Do you follow what they do?

Prem Jain: No.

Sramana Mitra: This company is doing a bunch of stuff in 5G. All these platforms like Jio.

Prem Jain: You’re talking about the software stack which Airspan is providing.

Sramana Mitra: Yes.

Prem Jain: I heard about them. We are still exploring the right company to partner with.

Sramana Mitra: It just seems like they seem to be playing a strategic role in 5G. 

Prem Jain: We are talking to all the providers of 5G including Reliance. Our initial focus is enterprise and cloud.

This segment is part 5 in the series : Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Prem Jain and Soni Jiandani, Co-Founders of Pensando Systems
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