CenturyLink plans to spend several hundreds of millions of dollars to enhance its edge networks to support edge compute services. The initiative initially will see the creation of more than 100 edge compute locations across the U.S., which CenturyLink will use to deliver hybrid cloud and managed services. The service provider says it will be able to deliver these services via the integration of high-performance, low-latency networking with major cloud service provider platforms in customized configurations.
An edge can be everything that is close to the use case, close to users, regardless of whether it’s a human or a machine. An edge can be a regional or even the local data center in the city, in a region – in the automotive industry, the edge is the IT in the car. I would say that the name data center captures the essence of what’s involved rather well: It’s not the center that chooses the data; it’s the data that chooses the center where they want to be processed. It’s not the center that defines the workloads. It is the data that defines where it wants to be computed. This is often forgotten.