Edge Computing – is this the latest buzzword or is it the future of high speed applications?
Edge computing is the latest industry buzzword but what is it?
Given the increasing adoption of Cloud services, along with the explosion in ‘smart’ devices that connect to the internet via Wi-Fi and 5G, data traffic between centralised Data Centres and the sources of data and consumers of services has been growing, pushing network bandwidth to its limits and reducing processing speeds due to increased latency. One solution to these connectivity challenges is to bring the points from which data originates, is processed, stored, or consumed closer together – Edge Computing.
Bringing data closer to the Edge of the network enables efficiencies in how data is transferred and the speed at which it transfers, both of which positively impact on users’ experience whether they be businesses, public sector or retail consumers. In order for more localised computing to succeed the right infrastructure needs to be available at the edge. Locations where smaller edge processing capacity may be required include offices, warehouses, factories, stadiums etc., all areas which might not necessarily have the space or infrastructure for an in-house Data Centre. There are also other issues to consider such as employees being exposed to noise and heat from IT equipment, along with the equipment itself not being correctly cooled or exposed to environmental contaminants such as dust.
EDP Europe, a leading expert in providing Data Centre solutions, offers a range of all-in-one micro data centre solutions that can be easily deployed to enable Edge Computing.
What is a Micro Data Centre?
A Micro Data Centre provides the storage space for IT equipment, power and the means to cool the equipment effectively. EDP Europe offers Micro Data Centre solutions that use different cooling technologies including DX air conditioning and rear door coolers (RDCs).
So which solution should you go with?
The answer to that depends mainly on the required processing capacity and its associated heat load, and the location where the rack is to be placed.