Just a few years back everyone was talking about mega data centers. What is now driving the requirement for smaller regional and local edge data centers? A couple of main trends prompting a need for edge data centers:

  • Data-heavy applications such as AI, IoT and the much-awaited 5G with critical services and infrastructure control are pushing the demand for real-time data processing.
  • Diverging network usage with an exploding number of devices and apps connected to the cloud, from retail intelligence, process automation to self-driving cars requiring fast and reliable processing.

Edge data center ecosystem

Some IoT devices cannot perform well relying solely on remote centralized cloud systems, and instead require edge servers that can process information from the IoT devices locally, increasing the speed of both data collection and processing and analysis.

Edge computing is distributed, open IT architecture where computing happens either in the devices themselves, so-called fog layer or the local edge connectivity data center. The growth of edge computing will also have an impact on the size and location of data centers: the closer the equipment is to the devices, the more efficiently it works. In this context, edge data centers deliver reduced network congestion and lower latency. These points are even more pronounced nowadays, regardless of size, reach or market segment.

Massive data centers are not going away, but smaller data centers closer to business parks and residential areas are becoming more common. Another expected manifestation of the trend is micro data centers surfacing as part of existing communications infrastructure such as telecom towers.

Ficolo has acquired a data center in Tampere that will serve as a local data center in the area. The data center is located close to a large number of users in the Tampere region and provides Ficolo’s customers a connectivity edge data center that ensures that information moves as a quickly as possible.

Our way of life, our economy and new technologies drive the growth of data processing close to the user – edge computing. With this comes the need to house equipment compute and storage at the edge. The demand will be served by colocation data centers, clouds, and edge data centers.