We live in a data-rich world where the proliferation of new technologies such as IoT, 5G, wearables and assisted reality (AR) are creating vast amounts of data that is generated close to the user, or at the edge of the network. While these trends continue to take off, we here at EdgeMicro are noticing another industry trend: large companies are shifting some colocation opportunities from traditional central compute locations to our edge sites for edge colocation and edge computing capabilities.
Why are enterprises shifting to this new model of edge computing? They have new initiatives and models that all start with edge location requirements. Remote working has added to this as more and more devices try to access company networks outside of the central locations, like offices. The cloud itself has significant compute and online storage capabilities, but it can strain network bandwidth and requires a different type of infrastructure. If you’ve been on a video conference with poor quality, you’ve experienced this firsthand – this is where edge computing companies come in.
How Edge Computing Can Overhaul Your Infrastructure
By 2023, more than 50% of all new infrastructure deployed will be in increasingly critical edge locations rather than core data centers, according to IDC’s 2020 predictions. Why continue to circle the large internet drains when you can take your colocation to the edge for greater performance?
So, what is edge computing? Edge computing allows companies to process data at the edge, which reduces strain on the cloud. In conjunction with edge data centers, edge computing can tackle more localized data processing, freeing up the cloud for more general-purpose business needs, and helping business applications perform faster. Edge colocation data centers like ours will be deployed in vastly greater numbers than core data centers have been, so the need for costly management systems will be reduced. In addition, individual edge colocation sites won’t require maximum critical up-time capabilities because they can quickly move edge loads to another regional location until the original site comes back up.
Use Cases for Edge Computing
The large volume of data being created by more devices in use, combined with the cost and difficulty of centrally located public clouds, is driving the need for edge computing. Analytics companies assessing the data have become a major driving force for the edge as they recommend large hyperscalers and gaming companies make more intelligent decisions on where to process and route their traffic.
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