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Cutting edge: IT's guide to edge data centers

Edge computing may be the next frontier for data centers, especially as IoT and decentralized workforces grow. But to make edge data centers successful, IT pros must plan for cooling, load balancing and a range of other factors.


Some say edge computing is the next frontier of compute. The ability to quickly and securely process the massive amount of data spurred by the internet of things -- as well as reach hubs of end users and workers that are distributed globally -- is an attractive draw for many organizations looking to extend opportunities beyond their data center's walls. The benefits of moving to edge data centers are extensive, from reduced costs and bandwidth to survivability.

But the problem with new IT trends is just that -- they're new. Users and experts alike don't know what the future of edge computing will hold. In this guide, we'll explore the advantages and pitfalls associated with edge data centers, as well as data centers supporting remote and branch offices (ROBOs).

1Edge computing pros and cons-

The benefits and challenges of edge data centers

When a concept as new as edge computing becomes a reality, there are always unknowns. Designing and managing edge data centers can be a vast undertaking marked with uncertainty, so it's important to first weigh the advantages and disadvantages. Explore some of the common benefits edge computing can offer, from application performance to security, as well as the problems that it presents, such as cooling and load balancing challenges.


Businesses turn to edge computing to improve speed

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With edge data centers, companies broaden their services

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Research shows edge data centers are still a rising trend

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Advanced edge computing comes with cooling challenges

As remote data centers for edge computing become more advanced, IT pros run into challenges, such as limited cooling capacity and a lack of redundancy. Continue Reading

2Backing up the edge-

Storage, backup for remote and branch offices

IT teams need to protect and back up enterprise data, regardless of whether it resides within a centralized data center's walls. But when it comes to ROBO backup and storage, there is no universal set of rules. Instead, administrators must assess each individual situation and decide from there. Learn about the challenges you may face while storing and backing up ROBO data, and how to solve them.


ROBO storage challenges include cost, scalability

Remote offices and branch offices pose many storage challenges, but there are ways to overcome them, including local, centralized or cloud-enabled storage. Continue Reading


Consider these factors for the best ROBO backup approach

When you back up data remotely, you'll need to think about how to protect it. Ensure that corporate data will be safe with these procedures. Continue Reading


Three questions to shape your ROBO backup strategy

There isn't one universal method for ROBO backup. Find a process that works for your organization by answering these three questions about IT staffing, bandwidth and location. Continue Reading


Hyper-converged systems make their way to the edge

As the hyper-converged market continues to evolve, more vendors will target edge applications and storage -- but it's slow-going so far. Continue Reading

3How edge and IoT interact-

Explore the role of edge computing in IoT

As the internet of things (IoT) expands, massive amounts of data require faster processing and better security -- and edge data centers become more appealing. Edge data centers allow end users to get closer to the data, improving speed and performance. But not all experts are on board with edge and fog computing -- find out why.

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Semantics of edge computing rile up experts

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IoT increases need for edge data centers

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IoT growth ushers in a new style of architecture

IoT produces a massive volume of data, forcing some organizations to aggregate that data in mini data centers. As such, IT should consider connecting the edges of the enterprise. Continue Reading


Not all IoT data points should be treated equally

IoT data needs to be processed en route. Learn how businesses are using the edge network to collect, thin and normalize IoT data before it goes to a centralized data center. Continue Reading


Edge computing opens door to greater data center efficiency

Edge data centers' close proximity to users results in lower latency. The trend paves the way for increased efficiency, and could serve as the backbone for the internet of things. Continue Reading

4WAN options at the edge-

Networking considerations for the edge

Your wide area network (WAN) should support the large amount of data being transferred between your ROBO and traditional data centers. There are a number of networking options to consider for ROBO and edge data centers, from virtual WANs (vWANS) that can increase performance to metro networks that are changing with the market. Explore the benefits of virtualization -- including faster provisioning and greater agility -- to get the most out of edge technology.


Software-based vWAN to boost remote office connectivity

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WAN virtualization becomes attractive option for enterprises

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The metro network edge may dominate future market

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5Must-know edge compute terms-

Essential definitions for the edge

Before migrating to the edge, it's important to know the terminology. Get to know these essential definitions.

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