Edge computing is a new evolution of the processing and storage distribution trend that brings high-bandwidth and low latency access to applications closer to users and devices than ever before. As edge computing redefines the future of data centers, it must also redefine the future of network connectivity. This webinar will address which use cases will drive edge computing in the near-term, identify the primary connectivity requirements, including data rates and latency, identify the role for software automation, predict to what extent edge computing will drive 400 Gbit/s, and more.
Microsoft’s CTO is bullish on the impact of the industrial edge and its ability to transform industries by ramping up productivity and efficiencies. Edge computing has the potential to transform industries ranging from agriculture to industrial manufacturing and healthcare with its ability to offer real-time data analysis and insight from billions of devices in the field. Schneider Electric research shows only about 15% of companies have deployed Internet of Things technology to support industrial applications – which are a prime driver behind edge computing.
Many people expected all the Internet of Things (IoT) to move to the cloud—and much of the consumer-connected IoT indeed lives there—but one of the key basics of designing and building enterprise-scale IoT solutions is to make a balanced use of edge and cloud computing.1 Most IoT solutions now require a mix of cloud and edge computing. Compared to cloud-only solutions, blended solutions that incorporate edge can alleviate latency, increase scalability, and enhance access to information so that better, faster decisions can be made, and enterprises can become more agile as a result.
Data centers have been trending from few, highly-centralized mega-facilities to many, distributed data centers populating metros. Edge computing brings high-bandwidth and low latency access to applications closer to users and devices than ever before. As edge computing redefines the future of data centers, it must also redefine the future of network connectivity. This webinar addresses the use cases driving edge computing, the primary connectivity requirements, including data rates and latency, the role of software automation, and more.
New data from Vertiv reveals fundamental shifts in the industry that barely registered in the forecasts from five years ago. According to the updated survey results “the migration to the edge is changing the way today’s industry leaders think about the data center. They are grappling with a broad data center ecosystem comprised of many types of facilities and relying increasingly on the edge of the network. Of participants who have edge sites today or expect to have edge sites in 2025, more than half (53%) expect the number of edge sites they support to grow by at least 100% with 20% expecting a 400% or more increase. Collectively, survey participants expect their total number of edge computing sites will grow 226% between now and 2025.”
Much like any weather system, the cloud moves and changes according to its surroundings. Where the cloud meets the horizon, some notice a new formation, one caused by the development of IoT. The fog extends the cloud closer to the devices, thus reducing latency. Regardless of the definition, edge data centers will be required, either as new construction or created from smaller existing enterprise or colocation data centers.
The key challenge currently facing optical cable engineers is to fit as many optical fibres into as small a cable as possible’. Massive connection point distribution and optical fibre cable densification is occurring in access and data centre networks. Each connection point needs an optical fibre, so the number of fibre strands needed to deliver network connectivity is spiralling upwards, while space and physical pathways to route these fibres is fixed or rapidly being consumed.
Organizations are maintaining their enterprise data centers largely to house and manage data they consider to be too valuable to place in the cloud or at the edge. This article addresses how to to leverage new technologies and design techniques to improve enterprise performance as the data center becomes the hub to an edge-to-core network.
Edge computing’s goal is to process data and services as close to the end user as possible. It’s an architecture that allows the compute and content delivery process to happen within 10 milliseconds or less of the user. According to a recent AFCOM State of the Data Center Industry study, edge solutions are one of the top areas of focus for data center end users. Forty four percent have already deployed some form of edge computing capacity or say they will be doing so over the next 12 months, according to the study. Look out over the course of the next three years, and another 17 percent of respondents have edge computing on their business plans.
5G networks are all the buzz. What you may not know is that optical fiber will play a role in their delivery. Certain services and applications rely upon low latency – the elapsed time between the sending and receiving of data – and ultra-reliability. All those requirements are of more importance and demand compared to previous mobile standards.The technology that enables these wireless connections? Optical fiber.