While a lot of the articles featured here have to do with massive centralized cloud and colocation data centers, there’s also a need for compute power closer to the user. This “edge” covers a lot of ground – from the idea of a mini data center on every street corner providing real-time compute power for driverless cars, to full sized data centers built in underserved countries to address the problem of transcontinental lag.
Network World | Steven Max Patterson discusses the key role fog computing (and fog networking – though I’m a bit foggy on what the difference is) will play in the evolution of IoT. While smart lightbulbs may not need much compute power, and Alexa doesn’t need ultra-low latency, new developments like self-driving cars are going to make powerful edge networks into a necessity. Fog computing is the missing piece to ensure effective performance in a network of edge data centers, in addition to the more distant hyperscale Cloud data centers.
Data Center Knowledge | Yevgeniy Sverdlik reports on a company planning to supply those ubiquitous edge data centers of the near future. Vapor IO is known for their cylindrical data center enclosures, each of which contains six racks. A hardened version of that design will be deployed to cell phone towers, based on demand, to provide colocation data center space almost anywhere.
Techspot | There are all kinds of edges. Rather than super-local mini data centers, Dropbox’s recent infrastructure initiative was focused on bringing sizeable POPs closer to their International clients. With 75% of their customer base outside the US, having all of their data center capacity within the US was causing a lot of lag for a lot of customers. Now, European users are getting 40% faster download speeds, and Japanese users are enjoying a 200% increase!
On July 20th, Fiber Mountain and Legrand will be presenting a joint webinar hosted by Cabling Installation & Maintenance: “Managed and Dynamic Connectivity in the Network’s Physical Layer.” Be sure to sign up if you’re interested in learning more about how a managed and dynamic physical layer can improve operations in edge and cloud data centers alike!