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Edge Datacenter

(also edge computing)

Edge Datacenter definition

An Edge Datacenter is a smaller, localized computer hub that places computing resources closer to the end-users. It's all about processing data near its source rather than sending it far away to a big datacenter.

See also: data center design, data vaulting, customer edge router, edge security

Edge Datacenter benefits:

  • Reduced Latency: Processing data closer to the source can reduce the time it takes for data to travel. This is crucial for applications that need real-time processing. For example, autonomous vehicles, augmented reality, and certain medical equipment.
  • Bandwidth Efficiency: Transmitting vast amounts of data congests network traffic. Processing data locally reduces the amount of data sent through the network. saving bandwidth.
  • Reliability: In cases of network failures or interruptions, having a local data processing hub ensures that applications can continue to function, at least to some extent.
  • Data Sovereignty and Compliance: Certain regulations require data to be processed or stored within specific geographic regions. Edge datacenters can help meet these regulations by ensuring data remains local.
  • Scalability: As IoT (Internet of Things) devices proliferate, the volume of data generated is increasing exponentially. Edge datacenters can handle this influx by processing data from these devices locally, alleviating the load on central servers.

Examples of edge datacenter:

  • Localized micro datacenters in urban areas.
  • On-premise datacenters at manufacturing facilities.
  • Data processing units at telecom towers.
  • Specialized processing hardware in retail locations.