New Report Points to Edge Technology for Smart Infrastructure

A new Black & Veatch report examines the emerging deployment of edge computing and its impacts on data center infrastructure planning. Developed in partnership with DCD (formerly DatacenterDynamics), the research analyzes drivers, use cases, and strategies to prepare for the edge computing evolution.

With edge computing, data is processed where it is first generated, closer to the edge of the network and away from the hyperscale computing, memory and storage core, or cloud. The emergence of edge stems from advances in data processing, analytics, and networks. Coupled with the growth of the Internet of Things, big data, mobile technologies, and machine learning, these applications can enhance customer experience and present new avenues for revenue generation. To realize these benefits, networks will need to be designed accordingly.

There has been such a considerable volume of data created, and that led to the shift toward the cloud for batch and data processing. Edge computing can supplement data center capabilities by providing more of a peer-to-peer network. A more direct way to share and store data to cope with the rise in devices and optimize information transfer across networks.

Edge technology will be an important component of smart infrastructure, as it combines embedded sources of data collection to a network backbone. This network will be able to make data-based decisions locally and in realtime, but will require holistic planning to prevent the emergence of disparate systems.

Interest in edge technology increased by half in the last year. The significance of edge to an organization depends on how much they outsource data hosting/processing needs. Understanding this correlation is critical for data center operators. Technology and network improvements will mean new construction standards for data centers. The contractors who are aware of the changes will be prepared for these types of project.

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