Modular Data Center

Definition of Edge Computing

There are several, and clearly debatable, concepts floating around when it comes to the definition of Edge Computing. But for those looking to gain a better perspective of the topic, we have a few resources to help you.

definition of edge computing modular data centerTwo definitions of note are discussed in a recent Data Centre article, Two different definitions of Edge Computing arrive in one week.

Open Fog Consortium's recently published definition of Edge Computing (published in a PDF glossary here):

Also referred to as Mesh Computing, this concept places applications, data and processing at the logical extremes of a network rather than centralizing them. Placing data and data-intensive applications at the Edge reduces the volume and distance that data must be moved.

State of the Edge's definition of Edge Computing - Open Glossary of Edge Computing:

The delivery of computing capabilities to the logical extremes of a network in order to improve the performance, operating cost and reliability of applications and services. By shortening the distance between devices and the cloud resources that serve them, and also reducing network hops, edge computing mitigates the latency and bandwidth constraints of today's Internet, ushering in new classes of applications. In practical terms, this means distributing new resources and software stacks along the path between today's centralized data centers and the increasingly large number of devices in the field, concentrated, in particular, but not exclusively, in close proximity to the last mile network, on both the infrastructure and device sides.

Note the Glossary is also available on GitHub, which is open to editing by the open source community.

In addition, you'll find the following definition of an Edge Data Center in the glossary mentioned above:

A data center which is capable of being deployed as close as possible to the edge of the network, in comparison to traditional centralized data centers. Capable of performing the same functions as centralized data centers although at smaller scale individually. Because of the unique constraints created by highly-distributed physical locations, edge data centers often adopt autonomic operation, multi-tenancy, distributed and local resiliency and open standards. Edge refers to the location at which these data centers are typically deployed. Their scale can be defined as micro, ranging from 50 to 150 kW of capacity. Multiple edge data centers may interconnect to provide capacity enhancement, failure mitigation and workload migration within the local area, operating as a virtual data center.

If you are in need of an Edge Data Center specifically built for edge computing, contact us. We'll be glad to help you with your edge computing project.


Advanced Modern Modular Data Centers for Edge Computing

An MDC with more than a rugged enclosure built for edge computing

Did you know you have more controlled access with the Binary Bunker MDC than almost all conventional ISO container-based modular data centers? Built for edge computing, the advanced engineering design shows not only in the rugged, light-weight concrete enclosure but more importantly when you look inside. Best-in-class components (racks, cooling, electrical, security) and your modular data center will endure the most vicious environmental conditions, anywhere in the world, without compromising structural integrity.


Procurement Simplified

The Binary Bunker is for those that prefer to manage fewer vendors, reduce procurement complexity, and want an MDC product that is pre-engineered for edge computing (without the hassles). You may be surprised when you compare products on the market today; the energy efficiency and engineering capabilities of the Binary Bunker stand above and beyond. In addition, the Binary Bunker Modular Data Center has been peer reviewed by professional engineers at Black & Veatch; procurement simplified.

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IoT Placing Real-Time Demands on Centralized Data Centers

The rapid growth of IoT has placed real-time demands on enterprises with centralized data centers. It is expected there will be 34 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020, up from 10 billion in 2015, representing a 28% five-year compound annual growth rate (Business Insider and BI Intelligence). In the near future, employing edge computing may no longer be a cost-saving option but likely required to meet customer demands given traditional computing devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, etc.) will comprise 10 billion connections.

The implementation of local, real-time collection and analysis of critical data close to the edge has changed the data center landscape with the growth of edge computing. And, edge computing has advantages.

Edge computing provides reduced security risks, removes bandwidth and latency issues while lowering overall operational and data management costs. One preferred solution is to deploy Modular Data Centers (MDC) specifically built for edge computing networks; simplify procurement, installation, operational efficiency, and reduce costs.

Modular Data Centers now include redundancy, racks with increased processing power (15 kW/rack), built-in, high performance cooling systems, controlled access, and energy efficient, high-strength light-weight concrete enclosures.

What do you look for in Modular Data Centers?

When considering a Modular Data Center, evaluate your your current and future data capacity needs. Determine if the solution lowers your total cost of ownership (TOC). Is it:

  • Rugged - ideal for remote ops, edge networks, disaster recovery, and does the MDC outperform in harsh environments (not a glorified ISO container)?
  • Advanced Engineering: inside and out, is it designed to maximize uptime for data centers deployed at the edge?
  • Best-In-Class: does it include advanced power systems, cooling, efficiency, and enhanced structural stability?
  • Quick to Deploy: will it take less time to design, acquire and deploy?
  • Scalabe - is it an optimized data center product for edge networks that is repeatable and standardized?
  • Lower Cost - will it eliminate wasted capital and operational expenses (Capex, Opex), rightsize growth and avoid the costs of overbuilding?
  • Replace - older and inefficient data center infrastructure equipment and reduce your costs?
  • Reduce - your onsite construction disturbances, risks and associated costs?

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