Jun 26, 2018

No, not the guy from U2.  The other ‘Edge’.

Edge computing has been in the spotlight, with venture capitalists clamoring about the decline of the cloud and autonomous vehicles getting the attention of the entire tech world. However, all of this hype can distract from the reality, where businesses focus on the tech they need to get the job done. The cloud isn’t dying. Edge computing isn’t really new either, it’s just the latest buzz word that we all like to overuse.

So, What Is ‘The Edge’?

Good question.  Paul Miller from The Verge has a good, simple definition. “The word edge in this context means literal geographic distribution. Edge computing is computing that’s done at or near the source of the data…”

With this in mind, the data center services sector is adapting. Here are five things you may not know about edge data centers in today’s climate:

1. The Network Is King

You might think moving computing resources closer to the devices gathering and acting on data would make connectivity less important, but Chris Brown, CTO for the Uptime Institute, told Data Center Knowledge that the reality is just the opposite.

“Network connectivity will become more important, and an edge network is more than just cabling,” Brown told the news source. “In the data center design world, people sometimes look at the network as a second thought, but you need a rock-solid network for edge data centers.”

2. It’s Not All About Exciting New Tech

Autonomous vehicles, the internet of things and similar tech buzzwords get thrown around in the edge computing world, but not every use case is so buzz-worthy. In many cases, the situation is really simple – if a workload needs low-latency connectivity, edge data center locations can help.

The other Edge

3. Longstanding Data Center Services Are the Foundation

While edge requirements may disrupt the cloud, they are also creating opportunities in traditional data center markets. The colocation industry is particularly poised to benefit as companies look for the combination of flexible power, capacity and connectivity offered by colo providers, Data Center Dynamics reported.

4. Edge Computing is a Correction for Endpoint Security Lapses

The cloud’s rise has led many companies to skimp on endpoint security thinking they can get by focusing on protecting data in transit and putting strong user authentication in place. However, Brown told Data Center Knowledge that physical security, as in actual access to systems in person, doesn’t just remain important in today’s climate, it is becoming even more critical as companies move compute resources to the network’s edge.

5. Moving to the Edge is Not the End of Large Data Centers

In another point made by Brown, Data Center Knowledge explained that edge computing doesn’t create lots of mini data centers. Instead, it extends existing data center capabilities to the edge of the network.

Large data center facilities are here to stay, they’re just changing. Lume is ahead of this evolution. We offer a range of strategically located edge data centers aimed specifically at low-latency data transmission for performance-sensitive applications and use cases. What’s more, we can back our edge data center solutions with full cloud and data center services, creating fully managed solutions that businesses need for today’s workloads.

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