3 Ways Micro Data Centers are Shaping the Course of Tomorrow – TODAY.
Have you heard about the new Kinetic Edge construction taking place in Chicago? Vapor IO is building it; a localized grouping of micro data centers which provide compute power and low latency transmission to the networks’ edge. The future is here…you just don’t know it yet.
This ground breaking technology brings digitally stored data to the edge of the wireless Cloud where computer applications engage with the physical world.
Hangar Technologies, Inc. (Austin, TX) recognizes the power of Vapor’s Kinetic Edge. The two are working together to provide 4D InSight using autonomous drones as a platform to serve industry. Using Vapor’s Kinetic Edge micro data centers network, Hangar will be able to navigate their drones on autopilot to bring cutting-edge visualization to such disciplines as: construction, engineering, infrastructure, agriculture, transportation, insurance, telecom, mining and public safety.
And thanks to advancements made in edge computing and micro data center technology, more “smart” applications are coming online every day.
Two Problems: Latency and Bandwidth
To better understand the impact micro data centers are having on our world, it is helpful to consider two key problem areas associated with data transmission over an IT network.
The first is, LATENCY.
And the second is, BANDWIDTH.
Think of it like this.
When you store digital data in the Cloud, in reality you’re storing it geographically apart from you. The digital files are stored off of your computer device in a 3rd-party data center many miles away from your physical location. The delay you experience when opening a file depends on the distance you are from this Cloud data storage. This delay is called, latency. And it can cause big problems if your need for the data is ‘mission critical’ (Ie. used for navigation, medical care, banking or other immediate and pressing circumstances).
Now let’s think about bandwidth.
Again, according to WhatIs.TechTarget.Com, “Bandwidth is the capacity of a wired or wireless network communications link to transmit the maximum amount of data from one point to another over [X]” (X representing the medium used for transmission).
If you are experiencing latency in your responsiveness to the Cloud, one way to offset this is to increase the bandwidth of your Internet connection. But as you might imagine, this costs money. And depending on the amount of bandwidth you request — lots of it.
Edge Computing and Micro Data Centers
According to Hewlett Packard Enterprise, “Edge computing is the practice of processing data near the edge of your network, where the data is being generated, instead of in a centralized data-processing warehouse.”
Edge computing provides a boost in processing power and reduction in latency close to the physical world where the tech is being used.
Micro data centers are just as their name implies. Small, fully contained, digital data storage units which can be stored in a closet, under a desk, or even camouflaged as furniture. Their primary role is to house data on the network’s edge…so it doesn’t need to take the time of traveling to the Cloud’s core.
The Impact of Micro Data Centers
Following are 3 ways Micro Data Centers are shaping the course of tomorrow – today.
When you think of autonomous vehicles, Tesla generally comes to mind. But there are many other services and roving applications in the works which will rely heavily on edge compute and micro data center storage technology for effective operation. There are autonomous drones, as mentioned above, and countless other robotic creations being developed. Not to mention, all of the AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) real-time gaming devices increasingly coming into play.
All of these moving applications require computers to operate. But without high-speed data processing and storage their usage is all but pointless.
You may have of heard of IoT (the Internet of Things). As WhatIs.TechTarget.Com explains…
“The internet of things, or IoT, is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers ( UIDs ) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.”
Obviously, the more IoT devices there are within a home, the larger the amount of demand it places on an Internet connection.
Here too micro data centers are helping to offset this weakness by providing computer data storage at the edge of a wireless network — creating a near seamless connection between the digital world and the physical world.
Businesses have much to gain from edge computing and the use of micro data centers as well.
In situations where latency is a problem, the best solution is to push compute further to the edge of the network. This provides processing power and data storage close to where the data is being generated and used. Such holds true for any size organization — large, medium or small.
There are other reasons for incorporating a micro data centers into the office. Security is one of them.
When you store digital information in the Cloud, you run the risk of incurring a security breach simply because your data is being transmitted across the world wide web. Given enough time, chances are a hack will occur. Although not pleasant to think about, one must factor this unfortunate possibility into their data storage strategy in order to help mitigate against such loss.
Furthermore, if data is mission critical, it’s important this information is readily accessible with no time delays. It’s humbling to think about, but in some medical circumstances only a few seconds of latency could mean the difference between life and death.
In each of these situations, maintaining a fully optimized micro data center under a desk or in a closet could help to offset and lower this risk.
In summary, Vapor IO and Hangar Technologies, Inc. are two organizations among a growing many who recognize the need for edge compute and micro data center capabilities in our fast paced world.
While core Cloud storage will always have a place in the IT ecosystem, it’s necessary to mitigate against latency and bandwidth restrictions as well as heightened security risks by adding micro data center storage to the network’s edge.
Such change will have far reaching implications across multiple industry sectors. It will shape the technological course for how “smart” applications and devices are best utilized in motion, in home and in business.
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