Emerson Network Power has identified strategies for organisations to better support edge facilities, also known as "neighbourhood" data centres.
A large number of organisations have begun to move their storage, networking and bandwidth closer to users or in edge facilities due to emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing.
These facilities face unique challenges of efficiency, availability and resiliency as they receive, process, and store huge amounts of data.
"We are expecting exponential growth in digital consumption this year, causing a spike in data that is being generated, collected and analysed. Because of this, there is a growing importance on neighbourhood data centres, especially in the areas of retail and banking," said Daniel Sim, director, channel business, Emerson Network Power in Asia. "These facilities require critical infrastructure that is flexible, scalable and cost-effective to address new challenges at the edge."
Future-proofing network edge
Neighbourhood data centres, or edge facilities should consider design flexibility as a large number of networks and devices are becoming increasingly connected to them.
According to Gartner, there will be 6.4 billion connected devices because of IoT by 2020 causing serious concerns for uptime and reliability in edge facilities.
Organisations must enable real-time visibility of all IT networks, from core to the edge to save on cost while ensuring insight into the neighbourhood data centre.
These edge facilities should also focus on having reliable, fault-tolerant UPS that protect equipment against electrical disturbances.
"When it comes to edge, organisations need to think about growth both vertically and horizontally. It's not just about deploying facilities that can scale to accommodate growth within a specific location, but also quickly deploying facilities in new locations," said Jay Wirts, vice president and general manager of IT management, Emerson Network Power.
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