Edge Data Center Deployment Considerations

As emerging trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), streaming content and next-generation telecoms come into play, new thinking is going to be required to optimize opportunities of edge computing initiatives. Where technology is going to be deployed and what supported resources are needed to boost application performance, will determine the level of success for innovations in edge solutions.  Just as important, who within the organization is leading the charge for an edge deployment and are they a part of the data center team?

Edge data center technologies take center stage when it comes to businesses that need to reach their customers quickly in an effort to drive sales by taking advantage of where the customer is at that moment.  One such example provided by Kelly Quinn, analyst for the International Data Corporation, highlights that in an effort to reduce latency and improve customer responsiveness; a retailer could deploy edge data center devices to quickly sense when connected customers come into the store and push special offers to those shoppers while they are there.  According to Quinn, “Any business that serves content to end users or engages end users in time-sensitive transactions stands to gain by implementing edge deployments.” Read full article here.

Edge Computing Offers Opportunity for Enterprise IT

As computing becomes increasingly more data driven, what come next for enterprise IT?  Trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning and the collective digital world are now exposing cloud computing limitations as more issues arise due to high traffic and latency problems.  All the connected devices between people and things have marketers realizing that consuming and processing data is influenced at the point of consumption.  Therefore, opportunities exist at the point of consumption to market services within real-time interactions and decisions which drives the need for the edge computing layer to run closer to the data sources. 

In addition to IoT, traditional business applications will start to benefit from reducing the amount of data that flows back and forth between the data center and the public cloud. Edge computing could complement cloud function services by enabling IT to retain sensitive data on-premises and pre-processing data while still taking advantage of the elasticity offered by the public cloud. With everything becoming a source of data and the growth of instant data analysis requirements gathering, combining and correlating these data sets will help unlock new insights for what’s next in enterprise IT. Read full article here.

Growth of Technological Conveniences with the Internet of Things

At home and in business, the Internet of Things (IoT) is making life a lot easier and more efficient. From remote control temperature of your house to businesses knowing exactly what your spending habits look like, all of this is being done through the utilization of IoT.  With predictions by Ericsson of 18 billion IoT devices worldwide by 2022 and current U.S. smartphone ownership at 80% according to comScore, IoT is big and on the road to getting even bigger.  Life is becoming increasingly more high tech to the point of entering into the municipal services sector with smart city solutions such as streamlining community garbage collection through built-in garbage can sensors and the agricultural business is being enhanced through soil sensors.

Some of the most talked about IoT applications are the innovations within the automotive industry and what that means for road safety and reliability with total vehicle automation.  Additionally, for those that are ready for it, total smart home automation is within reach either with one central hub or multiple apps controlling all your devices.  IoT comes with its challenges such as security concerns, but plenty more devices are yet to come reaching beyond both the home and office.  For a look at what’s next, read full article here.