Supporting Tomorrow’s Edge: The Importance of Micro and Modular Data Centers

Originally posted to TelecomNewsroom

In a world moving at breakneck speed, demanding more bandwidth, more data and more content, one solution is driving a lion’s share of digital growth — The Edge. The terms “edge” and “edge computing” have been reverberating around the data center industry for some time. The moment has come to peel back the layers and take a closer look at the inner workings of this technology. Edge leverages augmented computing processes that operate closer to the end user. That proximity also brings with it a host of exciting benefits, and also a steep learning curve. Though developers are still working things out, expect to see the industry make a mass exodus to the edge.

To further investigate the edge and its intricacies, New Continuum’s CEO, Eli Scher, recently sat down with Stulz’s Dave Meadows.

New Continuum, Eli Scher (NC-ES) Question: Tell us a bit about the edge and edge computing. What is it, why has it become so critical within the world of data centers and how is it continuing to develop?

Stulz, Dave Meadows (S-DM) Answer: Edge computing is the next wave of the internet. Definitions of the edge certainly vary, but essentially, the edge is where the end-users are. Edge computing brings memory, computing power, data processing and services to the source of the data instead of confining it to centralized clouds in data centers. This creates benefits such as improved latency, better security and more. The traditional method of connecting from the main hub or data center to the consumer or business incurred a significant amount of two-way data transmission cost (Opex) and at a huge upfront investment (Capex). The challenge of meeting the ever-growing demand for speed or bandwidth while lowering or eliminating latency has paved the way for the ‘Evolution of Edge Computing’ to address the needs of the ‘always connected customer.’

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