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Insights and Trends on Edge Computing
Data is everywhere. As a digital transformation sweeps across our society and economy, Internet infrastructure must follow the data. Enter edge computing, which extends data processing and storage closer to the growing universe of devices and sensors at the edge of the network.
The goal of edge computing is to process data and services as close to the end user as possible. It’s an architecture that allows the compute and content delivery process to happen within 10 milliseconds or less of the user. The trend driving the edge computing model is the increased use of consumer mobile devices, especially consumption of video and virtual reality content and the growth of sensors as part of the Internet of Things.
The hot downloads from Data Center Frontier’s white paper library in 2020 tracked the rise of edge computing, the ins and outs of data center site selection and strategies for addressing data center power and water needs.
Carsten Baumann, director of strategic initiatives and solution architect at Schneider Electric, explores the role of edge computing in handling today’s big data explosion in the manufacturing sector.
With no onsite IT staff and distributed locations, organizations ranging from shipping firms to grocery stores to Microsoft deploy increasingly sophisticated solutions to ensure remote reliability.
Edge, Equinix and Atlanta were the three themes that grabbed readers’ attention in November. Here are the 10 most popular stories on Data Center Frontier in November 2020, in order of article views.
Targeting a broader set of edge computing use cases, Schneider Electric has launched a new line of micro data centers for more rugged “industrial edge” use cases, along with expanded on-site support services.
The team at TAS Energy highlights a variety of different approaches to cooling for edge data centers, from direct expansion cooling systems, to chilled water solutions, free cooling and more.
Switch is teaming with FedEx and Dell Technologies to create an edge computing network for enterprise customers, deployed Switch modular data centers on FedEx real estate, with Dell providing hardware and managed services.
Colony Capital has built DataBank through a deal-driven “digital playbook” that brings together a convergence of technologies, companies and investors. The goal: capture the huge opportunity in edge computing.
Timothy Miscovich, Chief Commercial Officer at WTEC, walks readers through a series of strategies for effective data center management as distributed computing continues to make an impact.