Edge Computing and the Future of the Data Center

If you are clued into IT, then most likely, you are aware of the latest trending technology, edge computing data centers.

Edge Computing ensures exceptional speed, with firm privacy and security compared to the conventional cloud methods, thus making edge data centers an imperative option for everyone.

The world is undoubtedly moving faster, thereby perpetually pushing the power of next-generation innovation.

Edge computing data center has emerged as a substitute to cloud computing, that keeps the data processing power at the “edge” of the network.

But, it also comes with a set of challenges to the network.

Edge computing devices that have processing functions are expensive and to operate the older version, additional equipment is required, which incurs extra expenditure.

Despite the challenges, edge computing has turned out to be the biggest technology investment.

So, let’s break it down here with comprehensive details to understand how this latest trending technology is all set to shape the future of the data center.

A Brief on Edge Computing

The word edge refers to the literal geographic distribution that brings computation and data storage nearer to the data sources.

 It improves the response duration and saves bandwidth as it runs fewer processes in the cloud and shifts those processes to local destinations such as on a user’s computer, an edge server, or an IoT for that matter.

In a nutshell, edge computing is a topology that enables data to be analyzed, processed, and transferred at the edge of a network, It helps diminish the long-distance communication that takes place between a client and server.

A significant advantage of using edge computing lies in its high speed and better reliability. In addition, it offers improved security by distributing processing, storage, and applications across wide-ranging devices and data centers.

What’s more, it paves the way for a budget-friendly route to scalability as well as versatility, enabling organizations to expand their computing capabilities through an amalgamation of IoT devices and edge computing data centers.

Edge Data Centers and Their Usage!

There isn’t any specific explanation that would describe the idea of an edge data center, considering it isn’t one consistent style of the facility. It instead consists of smaller facilities that serve both edge computing and larger-scale cloud services.

Since they are located closer to the population, they could easily extend the edge of the network to deliver cloud computing resources and cached content to end-users. Typically, they connect to a larger central data center or multiple computer data centers seamlessly.

Latency has forever been a matter of concern for cloud data center managers. In recent times, it has emerged as a key obstacle due to big data, the Internet of Things, cloud and streaming services, and other technology trends.

Moreover, in today’s time and age, end-users and devices demand access to applications and services anytime and anywhere, which leaves no room for latency. Consequently, companies across the spectrum are establishing edge data centers to ensure cost-effective and high-functionality ways to provide customers with content and performance.

A great way to learn more about the data center would be to understand its usage. The following are some of the services that primarily rely on edge computing:

Internet of Things

Internet of Things tools essentially require low latency and reliable connections to the data center to function with high intensity. IoT devices add up a vast number of edge computing utilities; thus using edge computing makes it simple and effective.

Streaming Content

Streaming content is one of the most consumed form of infotainment. Users today want their video to get started with a single click that edge facilities help achieve.

Drones

While Drones are increasingly getting popular, their features are also massively advancing. For example, with edge computing, drones could be controlled even from far-flung locations without any hitch.

Artificial Intelligence

AI is one of the most thriving technologies that have taken over the world with its magnificent scalability, To make AI advantageous to the system, it should be able to access data, process it, and communicate with the end-users effectively and quickly which an edge data center allows.

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality needs to get updates as quickly as possible to create an immersive world for the users. Though primarily associated with gaming, VR has also gained recognition for different paradigms such as communication, education, and several other significant uses.

Edge Computing and Data Centers – The Future!

A dedicated 5G Provider

Edge Computing is underway, building mammoth telecommunications capabilities into data center growth trends. These facilities could change the dynamics of 5G providers for enterprise brands and emerge as the dedicated 5G providers for organizations.

Support sustainable business goals

Edge data centers are being looked to as a periphery that can help build more efficient solutions to enable the sector’s sustainability. Edge computing is specifically designed to keep applications and data closer to devices and their users. Therefore, there is little doubt over the impact that edge computing will have on sustainable business goals.

Making way for Robot Security Guards

Evolution in AI and IoT has drastically changed the human staffing needs inside the data centers and made way for Robots.  Currently, Robots have been deployed in some of the hyper-scale data centers for specific tasks.  Whether it is the automated inspection, faulty disc locating, or disc charging, with Robots at the helm of affairs, everything can be completed seamlessly.

Many data center and robotics professionals are predicting that the next couple of years will be big leaps when it comes to placing more robotics in the data center environment.

Bill Kleyman - now Switch EVP of digital solutions - wrote in 2013.

How Does One Choose a Location For a Data Center?

Data centers are a critical part of any business enterprise operations. Hence, decisions regarding its locations cannot be relegated to an arbitrary choice.

In the past, companies used to set up their edge data centers closer to their offices to maintain the proximity. However, that is swiftly changing now as the equipment administration and monitoring can be achieved remotely.

With the data center industry transforming, performance is no longer the sole consideration.

To create a defining success of the data centers, companies are now looking for different sites for their data centers, primarily focusing on factors like economic, political, social, and geographical.

The current scenario highlights the significance of considering Energy efficiency, business continuity plan, and resource optimization. With so much at stake, the edge data centers should be effortlessly accessible.

Conclusion

Edge computing and data center growth has garnered a lot of interest among the users over the past few years. It will continue to thrive for many more years to come as it meets the eye of the global tech demands and the current and future needs of the users worldwide.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of edge computing?

One of the top benefits of edge computing is its quick response time and low latency period across all devices. It also simplifies the bandwidth and creates less risk in corporate security.

What are the drawbacks of edge computing?

A significant drawback of edge computing is the need of a huge storage capacity. The security challenge is also relatively high due to the massive amount of data stored in it. Moreover, the expensive cost factor is also a disadvantage of it.

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"As enterprises across every industry are seeking new ways to digitally transform their operations, 5G and edge computing are growing so they can harness the promise of these emerging technologies, By collaborating with Nokia, we're taking another step forward in helping our customers unlock the power of LTE and 5G through a secure, private environment that helps them deliver tailored enterprise-grade edge solutions that drive new value for their bottom lines and next gen customer experiences." -Paul Savill, global practice leader of Network and Edge computing for Kyndryl. By collaborating to provide solutions over LTE and 5G standards, Kyndryl and Nokia are addressing the marketplace opportunities that already utilize the strong industrial ecosystem available now with LTE, while paving the way for significant 5G enhancements in future 3GPP releases, with existing Nokia DAC 5G stand alone-ready private wireless solutions. "By combining Kyndryl's world-class services expertise and global reach with Nokia's mission-critical, industry leading private wireless and industrial edge computing solutions, we will enable even more organizations to transform their operations, accelerate their digitalization journey and reap the benefits of Industry 4.0." -Chris Johnson, head of the Global Enterprise Business at Nokia Nokia DAC is a digitization service platform featuring high-performance, industrial-grade private wireless connectivity and edge computing, strengthening the company's global footprint, industry expertise and end-to-end customer solutions – from ideation to implementation and management. Kyndryl and Nokia also plan to explore and develop new, integrated solutions and services for Edge Cloud, IP networking, Optics, Fixed Access, 4G and 5G Core and Network Operations software technologies that can address growing demand for mission-critical, industrial-grade wireless networking to capitalize on the transformational benefits of digitization and automation. Asset-intensive industries are adopting smart and autonomous systems fueled by data and machine learning to improve agility, productivity and efficiency. In particular, private wireless connectivity is a key enabler to adding new data sources and analytics layers, for real-time process management and to facilitate automation, robotics, AI, augmented and virtual reality use cases. About Nokia Private Wireless With more than 420 large enterprise private wireless customers, Nokia was recently named private wireless market leader by analyst firm GlobalData. Nokia's customers span manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, energy and utilities, transportation and smart cities, enabling them to take advantage of hyper-fast data transfer speeds, low latency, data insights and encryption that protects sensitive information. About Nokia At Nokia, we create technology that helps the world act together.As a trusted partner for critical networks, we are committed to innovation and technology leadership across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. We create value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs.Adhering to the highest standards of integrity and security, we help build the capabilities needed for a more productive, sustainable and inclusive world. About Kyndryl Kyndryl (NYSE: KD) is the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider. The company designs, builds, manages, and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day. Kyndryl's nearly 90,000 employees serve over 4,000 customers in more than 60 countries around the world, including 75 percent of the Fortune 100. For more information, visit www.kyndryl.com.

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