The steady stream of new about the data center industry continues. This week: third-party maintenance specialist Park Place Technologies acquires Curvature, Hivelocity expands its bare metal edge with Vapor IO, and Flexential adds capacity in its Atlanta data center.
Vapor IO is a startup focused on designing software and hardware for micro data centers and edge computing. Their Vapor Edge software in conjuction with their Vapor Chamber design allows them to create high-density, “lights-out” data center modules at a fraction of the cost. Vapor IO continues to push the envelope for edge computing, from stationing modules to interconnect with wireless network towers, to housing hangars of drones that inspect industrial facilities.
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The Business Edge is drawing closer, as seen in a flurry of announcements that showcase the many ways stakeholders in distributed computing are stepping up their investment and deploying real-world edge infrastructure.
Data center developer Digital Realty and edge computing specialist Vapor IO are rolling out an “edge-to-core” offering in Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. It’s an early examples of integration between edge computing and data centers.
Vapor IO has completed a $90 million funding that will accelerate the build-out of its micro-modular edge data centers to an additional 16 cities in 2020. The company also said Cloudflare will be a customer in all of its sites.
Edge computing specialist Vapor IO has organized the Kinetic Edge Alliance, a group of hardware, software and networking companies that will collaborate on edge solutions.
Several data center startups view edge computing as part of a fundamental shift in Internet architecture, moving network interconnection points from the core of the Internet to its outer perimeter.
It may be several years before there is a “pure play” opportunity for individuals to invest in edge computing, said panelists at last week’s Edge Congress. But private players are placing early bets, and watching trends for investment opportunities.
Smart cities promise to embed intelligence in urban environments, using fast wireless & digital services to improve the quality of life for residents. Data centers will be a key part of this vision.
Edge computing comprises a broad spectrum of technologies and use cases, enabling new strategies for end users and service providers alike. Here’s a look at Data Center Frontier’s latest coverage of edge trends and players.
Vapor IO edge data centers will serve as launch stations and data hubs for Hangar drones as they fly missions to collect and analyze oceans of business data.