The success of the Content Delivery Networks (CDN) in the recent years has demonstrated the increased benefits of the deployment of some form of ``intelligence'' within the network. Cloud computing, on the other hand, has shown the benefits of economies of scale and the use of a generic infrastructure to support a variety of services. Following that trend, we propose to move away from the smart terminal-dumb network dichotomy to a model where some degree of intelligence is put back into the network, specifically at the edge, with the support of Cloud technology. In this paper, we propose the deployment of an Edge Cloud, which integrates a variety of user-side and server-side services. On the user side, surrogate, an application running on top of the Cloud, supports a virtual client. The surrogate hides the underlying network infrastructure from the user, thus allowing for simpler, more easily managed terminals. Network side services supporting delivery of and exploiting content are also deployed on this infrastructure, giving the Internet Service Providers (ISP) many opportunities to become directly involved in content and service delivery.
Islam, S., & Grégoire, J.-C. (2010). Network Edge Intelligence for the Emerging Next-Generation Internet. Future Internet, 2(4), 603–623. https://doi.org/10.3390/fi2040603