TIA has released a series of new informational briefing papers from its Edge Data Center Working Group. The papers are a first step towards creating an industry-driven framework for future standards development. Each paper outlines a different focus area for new Edge Data Center implementations including site selection and survivability, to security, thermal management, and operations and maintenance.
For edge data centers to live up to their potential, a number of specific requirements need to be taken into consideration, directly impacting the design, size, costs and location. Standards bodies like TIA are defining the differences between traditional data centers and edge data centers and developing the standards that address availability, power, cooling, physical security, and critical cabling systems.
2020 is only a few days old and already the edge data center industry is off to a running start. For example, Forrester Research recently reported that 57% of mobility business leaders surveyed are interested in leveraging edge computing in 2020.
TIA-942 standard for data centers is the world’s most popular data center standard. It’s used by well over 70% of the population [of facilities] around the world. Data center stakeholders have been very concerned about ensuring that their data center was designed, built, and approved as having met those criteria. This webinar illustrates the importance and benefits of Edge Data Center certification as a precursor to 5G deployment.
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.