The Two Emerging Models of Edge Data Centers

Zahl Limbuwala, Chief Operation Officer at AtlasEdge investigates the two categories of edge data centres in the guise of aggregation and proximity. Driving these two categories are two motions happening at the same time, but at slightly different speeds. First there is the cloud out motion where compute is moving out of the large core cloud data that have housed the growth of cloud globally for various reasons such as data sovereignty into carrier neutral, highly interconnected hubs in tier two or tier three metros in Europe. These are called aggregation hubs. The other motion is a pull from the other direction or edge in. In the most part this is driven by new applications that require compute on the edge, and we name these proximity. This allows either latency specific or bandwidth specific, or in some cases both, compute much closer to the source and destination of the data.

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