The Data Center in 2019: Edge Computing

Edge computing allows connected devices to process data closer to where it is created – the location known as the “edge.” It is estimated that by next year (2020), the average person will generate 1.5 GB worth of data each per day. As more and more devices continue to connect to the internet to generate data, cloud computing may not be able to handle it all, especially at fast speeds we are getting accustomed to. And here is where edge computing comes in.

So, what is the Edge Data Center?
Edge data centers are facilities that extend the edge of the network, delivering cloud computing resources and caching streaming content to local end users. They are located closer to these end users; hence they can deliver faster services with minimal latency.

When it comes to IoT networks, edge data centers aptly serve as clearing houses for data being generated by the IoT devices that require additional processing, but are too time sensitive to be transmitted back to a centralized cloud server.

Up until now, edge data centers were limited to Tier-1 cities such as New York, LA and Chicago – and users in Tier 2 cities such as Kansas City would have to access internet-based content from the closest edge location of Chicago. But today, data center provides like 165 Halsey Street and others are looking to develop strategies for emerging opportunities in edge computing. Edge computing is evolving in these areas:

  • Data centers in regional markets and smaller cities
  • Micro data centers at telecom towers
  • On-site IT enclosures and appliances to support IoT workloads
  • End-user devices, including everything from smart speakers to drones and autonomous cars

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The Data Center in 2019: Hot Technologies & Trends – Hybrid Cloud

451 Research analysts predict that this year organizations anticipate that just under half (46%) of enterprise workloads will run in on-premise environments, with the remainder off-premise.

Enterprises today are striking a balance between cloud and on-premises systems. Such actions have even enabled companies like Microsoft to soar to the number two position in the cloud market very quickly and has given IBM a considerable boost. Other conglomerates like AWS and Google are quickly following suit.

In order to address increasing data center demands while adding advantages of agility, scalability and global reach, traditional data centers are transforming into hybrid data centers.

The following hybrid data center characteristics are emerging that differ from previously worn, traditional approaches:

  • Application suitability – More enterprises are modernizing existing workloads when possible to develop new net applications suited for the cloud, as legacy applications are typically unsuited to run off-premise.
  • Workload management – The variables that determine which data center environments prove most efficient include risk, cost and IT service performance.
  • Advanced software tools – Companies that manage hybrid environments commonly invest in software tools offering greater visibility into each of the three data center iterations and their performance.

Additionally, centrally managing on-premise and public cloud security policies allows for security policy consistency and protects from cyber adversaries.

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The Data Center in 2019: Hot Technologies & Trends – 5G Demand

Referencing an IHS Economics and IHS Technology Report from 2017, 5G is expected to lay the groundwork for technologies such as enabling self-driving cars to be more responsive to traffic changes or IoT sensors being integrated into smart buildings and smart cities in the coming years. This report also finds that 5G has the potential to create a staggering $12.2 trillion in global economic output by 2035.

5G promises increased speeds and capacity, lower latency (less than 1 millisecond!), and an improved user experience. To stay relevant alongside 5G,, it is imperative for data centers to host and stream data at significant higher speeds, volumes, and lower latencies.

It is critical for data centers to offer low latency so as to not slow down the data transmission, as well as strong reliability and redundancy. With 5G, users will come to expect instant access whenever and wherever, and data centers who want to comply with these services must adhere.

Today’s data centers, such as 165 Halsey Street, are well equipped for the new wave of mobile networks. The facilities that are not should consider focusing on hardware refreshes and upgrades to ensure the lowest latency possible, along with a wealth of bandwidth to manage the high volume that 5G and other technologies, such as Edge Computing will bring.

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