In 2020, edge computing is entering a key transition phase, as an emerging ecosystem confronts the challenges and opportunities of a world transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Switch has developed Switch Sentry security robots to deploy at future edge data centers and enterprise sites. Robots could be an important tool to solve challenges in data center management, as well as contactless commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mitzi Amon, Director of Healthcare Marketing at Vertiv, explores the rising importance of healthcare edge infrastructure as Telehealth services surge amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tower operator SBA Communications is signaling a larger push into edge computing, which could include more data centers and perhaps thousands of edge modules at the base of telecom towers.
Amazon will invest $10 billion in Project Kuiper, a satellite network to provide broadband Internet service. Analysts say Amazon’s ambitions in space could expand the market for its online retail and cloud computing businesses.
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With a new capital partner and CEO, DartPoints says it is ready to move ahead with a deployment of a regional network of edge colocation centers, and may also seek to grow through acquisitions.
In the new industry brief, “5G, Smart Cities, and Edge: The IOT in Our Lives,” Server Technology discusses the IoT, its relationship to Smart Cities and 5G wireless, and how IoT, Smart Cities, and 5G will require remotely managed intelligent power to deliver on the promises of better information and control, resulting in improved lifestyles and greater efficiency.
American Tower has begun deploying a network of small modular data centers at its telecom tower properties, commencing a new phase in the giant telecom infrastructure company’s expansion into edge computing.
Edge computing pioneer EdgeConneX continues to expand its data center network, adding 6 megawatts of capacity at its growing data center campus in Portland, Oregon.