The Ultimate Guide to Edge Colocation

Now more than ever, it’s critical for businesses across the country to have high-speed internet connectivity for their clients. Edge colocation makes this possible, regardless of which city they’re in or near. But to better understand edge colocation and how your business can leverage its speed, you have to understand where the edge starts.


What is Edge Colocation?

Edge colocation is the practice of locating highly connected edge data centers in markets that have been traditionally underserved by data center and telecom providers. Tier 1 cities like New York City or Chicago have the infrastructure to handle the distribution and accessibility of high-speed internet. 

Tier 2 and 3 cities such as Austin, Raleigh and Tampa can benefit from edge colocation by connecting to modular edge data centers. Previously, connection was slower in these locations. Now, edge colocation can give them access to the fastest network speeds available.

Edge colocation is essential for businesses that want to keep up with the rising demand for more data at higher speeds, as the rise of 5G and other internet innovations continue to grow. True edge data centers and traditional colocation models are used to cache popular content or web applications closer to users. Edge colocation means higher performance and less extra work, which equates to stronger, faster content delivery for your customers.

Content providers such as Google, Netflix and YouTube use Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) in edge data centers to improve the online user experience and to significantly reduce transport cost.

Edge colocation also comes into play in IoT, which refers to a broad network of devices that are continuously connected to the internet. This can be any object that connects to a network to send and/or receive data, so a phone or anything equipped with smart technology. With how much consumers rely on the internet in their phones, cars and workout equipment, edge colocation is now critical for IoT.


What Are the Benefits of Edge Colocation?

In addition to providing reliable connectivity for your customers and bringing data closer to your users, there are more benefits to using edge colocation. These include:

  • Improved customer experience and satisfaction
  • Lower bandwidth costs for delivering content and streaming media to users outside of major metropolitan areas
  • Fewer or no delays in service for users in traditionally underserved markets because streaming content is stored locally

How Do You Deploy Edge Colocation?

When deploying edge colocation, businesses can mitigate risks and reduce the likelihood of cyberattacks by moving applications closer to the edge. Locating at the edge also brings the benefits of decreased latency and reduced backhaul expenses by eliminating the need to move data across the country.

Modular Data Centers

Modular data centers contain everything businesses have come to expect from traditional data centers, including ¼ to full multi-racks and a highly scalable and repeatable design that allows customers to scale with velocity and consistency. Modular data centers come complete with computing, storage, networking, power, cooling and other infrastructure tailor-made for your business workload.



It’s critical when keeping customers satisfied for modular data centers to ensure their connection availability and strategy meets the customers’ needs. This requires strategically located modular data centers in connection-dense locations near each city they provide IP connectivity choices for. It’s essential to have flexible choices, reliable connectivity, easy tethering to providers, access to cable providers, and options to keep traffic local for greater in-market performance.


Connected Sites

It’s also important that modular data centers are placed in the correct locations, near major fiber aggregation points. Businesses are able to plug into a facility and automatically connect with their customers. A modular data center typically takes care of relationships with land providers in order to procure the area for their centers, so your business doesn’t have to worry about it.


Out of Band

Out-of-band connectivity delivers multiple levels of redundancy, establishing a highly reliable path to provision. Businesses can test and manage systems to meet their individual needs and reduce frustration of complexity that multiplies when you scale.



Power, space and cooling must be everywhere for mobile network operators. With the proliferation of 5G, which offers end users access to more content at greater speed, demand for infrastructure closer to the edge is increasing. Modular data centers must augment and support mobile network operators’ critical expansion to serve all consumers by improving latency, reducing backhaul expenses and enhancing the overall customer experience.


What is an Edge Computing Platform?

An edge computing platform is how the data gets to the consumer. Over the past decade, it has become more than just a CDN or a compute layer. The term has evolved into an extension of the public cloud running in extremely diverse environments and computing contexts.

Edge computing platforms are related to edge colocation because the platforms are the actual software environments that are used to write and run the applications that are being colocated. So there are specific edge cloud applications that a business needs to use in order for edge colocation to take place.


What is Edge Speed?

Edge, or Enhanced Data GSM Evolution, is a type of 2G technology network with a download speed of 384Kbps. Because of its speed, it’s sometimes referred to as a 2.5G network. Through the introduction of sophisticated methods of coding and transmitting data, edge delivers higher bit-rates per radio channel, resulting in a threefold increase in capacity and performance compared with an ordinary GSM/GPRS connection.

To provide a consistent, secure and fast connection, this edge technology is transmitted to customers through a nearby edge data center.


What is an Edge Data Center?

An edge data center is the actual facility located close to the underserved areas that deliver cloud computing resources and cached content to end users. They typically connect to a larger central data center or multiple data centers. By processing data and services as close to the end user as possible, edge computing allows organizations to reduce latency and improve the customer experience.

The process of this data moving between data centers to produce high-speed internet connectivity is what we refer to as edge colocation.


Interested in Edge Colocation?

Edge colocation is where businesses are headed if they want to keep up with the high customer demand for quick speeds and access to data. EdgeMicro can help your business stay up to date.

When you work with EdgeMicro, our data center model removes complexity from the edge. Our carrier-neutral modular edge colocation data centers and patent-pending Edge Traffic Exchange (ETX) technology puts compute, storage, and network resources as close as possible to end users.

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