IBM\u2019s new Cloud Satellite offering will move the company\u2019s open hybrid-cloud framework into new and different environments, thanks to partnerships with AT&T for 5G connectivity and IBM's Red Hat\u00a0 unit for containerization.\n\n5G resources\n\nWhat is 5G? Fast wireless technology for enterprises and phones\nHow 5G frequency affects range and speed\nPrivate 5G can solve some problems that Wi-Fi can\u2019t\nPrivate 5G keeps Whirlpool driverless vehicles rolling\n5G can make for cost-effective private backhaul\nCBRS can bring private 5G to enterprises\n\n\nCloud Satellite, currently in beta, is a software product, sold through IBM, that provides a link to IBM and AT&T\u2019s hardware. It offers a one-dashboard method of managing services across multiple computing environments, networks and locations. It leverages Red Hat\u2019s OpenShift containerization platform\u2014built on Kubernetes for the flexibility to deploy applications and services across multiple environments\u2014IBM\u2019s cloud framework for management, and AT&T\u2019s public or private 5G for connectivity between customersites and the cloud. Thus, an application could be deployed at the edge, but managed from IBM\u2019s cloud framework, with connectivity furnished by AT&T, and OpenShift making it simpler to keep workloads virtualized and flexible.\nThe idea is to make it easier for businesses to adopt technology that needs low latency and edge computing. For example, retail stores could monitor spoilage, spills and crowd data in close to real time, likely via sensors\u2014for food temperature and moisture\u2014 and smart cameras feeding data back to the cloud via AT&T\u2019s network instead of using the retailer\u2019s existing network.\nIBM is pitching this latest team-up as a reaction to the increasing adoptoin of hybrid-cloud strategy, particularly among larger enterprises. By abstracting the application and service-management layers into a single system, enterprises could avoid the need for more complex control setups that wouldn\u2019t be guaranteed to be interoperable in the first place.\nMoreover, and despite the fact that the truly advanced 5G features are mostly restricted in deployment to small areas near major urban cores, there\u2019s an increasing consensus building that both carrier-based and private 5G offerings are central to enabling new operational technologies like edge computing. This despite the fact that the truly advanced 5G features are mostly restricted in deployments near major urban are.