Edge Colocation Shaping Enterprises Today
Edge colocation is a critical component of today’s enterprise IT strategies. More businesses are opting for colocation instead of building or expanding data centers. As a result, those companies can benefit from cost savings and leverage access to extend their reach to end users at the edge.
The shift to edge colocation and edge data centers is real and it’s happening right now as enterprises exit traditional methods of connectivity.
According to Gartner, 80% of enterprises will shut down their data centers by 2025 and move their workloads to colocation data centers or the public cloud. Cisco predicts 1/3 of all traffic will use edge data data centers and IoT devices to bypass the core networks by 2022 so the data can stay at the edge near the end users.
What is Edge Colocation?
Edge colocation connects data centers in Tier-2 and Tier-3 markets that have been underserved by data center and telecom providers. It extends the edge of the internet by bringing the cloud and the edge to the data.
Major metropolitan areas have served as the hubs for connectivity. However, edge data centers are smaller facilities, located in mostly mid-sized cities. These edge data centers cache content delivery or web applications closer to the end users, which results in faster interactions with the initial requests – at the speed of milliseconds.
Edge Colocation and Edge Computing
The Internet of Things (IoT) devices, 5G, Augmented Reality (AR) and the demand of a remote workforce are creating vast amounts of data that is generated close to the user or at the network edge.
Cloud services also cause a strain on network bandwidth and require a different type of internet infrastructure – that’s where edge computing comes in. Edge data centers can tackle more localized data processing and free up the cloud to help business applications perform faster.
Latency is considered a main driver for the edge, but it’s not just for apps. Latency mitigation and faster speed to and through applications is required to take us to the advanced technologies of autonomy interactions in the future. That’s why edge colocation is the foundation of any edge compute autonomous revolution.
Edge Colocation Benefits for Businesses
Edge colocation enables businesses to easily access cloud and edge computing while meeting the need of data demand by lowering latency and bandwidth costs because of its closer proximity to the end user.
Additional Edge Colocation Benefits:
- Scalable, cost-effective private clouds
- Low latency/reduced downtime
- Access to fully-optimized public clouds
- Free up core architecture and valuable network assets
- Cost savings on network infrastructure investments
- Dedicated facilities management with IT support
- Higher availability and reliability
- Increased user experience
Edge Colocation: Partner for Optimal Results
As more data and applications get pushed to the network edge, it’s important to connect with a proven partner, like EdgeMicro, to extend to the edge and reach that network traffic while maintaining optimal performance.
Our edge micro data centers are designed to meet the unique requirements at the edge. The EdgeMicro team is rapidly deploying hundreds of network-neutral, modular data centers at strategically placed fiber aggregation points in underserved markets that deliver the scale and flexibility required at the edge. Our cutting-edge colocation facilities resolve latency as well as capacity and security challenges facing businesses.
Let our team concentrate on your specific network needs, so you can focus on your business.
Contact our team today for more information about EdgeMicro’s data center facilities and edge colocation services.