Moving Data Centers into the Future with Edge Computing

November 21, 2018

In the recently published Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Position Paper about Edge Data Centers, Phillip Marangella, Chief Marketing Officer of EdgeConneX joined fellow industry executives in discussing trends in the Edge Data Center (EDC) industry. The paper addresses how the next wave of building and scaling data centers are getting closer to the Edge and identifies critical requirements to meet the evolving needs of new technology. The paper also offers an overview for defining development, implementation, and operational aspects of Edge Data Centers (EDCs).

The increasing data demands require the use of smaller distributed data centers and a networking strategy that serves the future of computing services, while delivering the accelerated capacity. EDCs deployed at a large-scale create a large support network with new characteristics that are designed to meet the emerging edge service requirements. TIA standards will provide guidance to responsibly implement EDCs at scale, complementary to the current computing design and network infrastructure.

Companies and data centers face multiple challenges delivering increased data capacity and higher computing speeds. The Edge offers a holistic infrastructure to support the needs and requirements of applications and provides services designed to reduce network costs and application latency. Centralized data centers or hyperscale cloud provider models deliver large-scale resources. Higher capacity, lower latency and reduced network costs are enabled by moving computing and data storage closer to the end-user.

While we are still early in the adoption phase of edge computing, there is much to consider when developing future-proofed solutions. Increased scale and scope, reduced latency, automation, energy efficient design and operations are just a few.  

The Edge is connected by forming an interoperable fabric that extends from device to core to cloud. In order to enable service providers and enterprise data center managers to push innovation at the edge, connectivity is important and bridging wireless and wired networks in a distributed, consolidated manner will be crucial.

To learn more about Edge Data Centers, you can access the TIA Position Paper “Edge Data Centers” here: www.tiaonline.org/report/tia-position-paper-edge-data-centers/.

Phillip Marangella, Chief Marketing Officer, EdgeConneX