Data Centers and 5G
5G networks are continuing to expand across the world. 5G is the 5th Generation of cellular technology.
5G offers higher performance and improved efficiency compared to previous networks that have come before. 5G supports high download speeds, with a peak data speed of 20Gbps (4G has a peak data speed of just 1Gbps). It also has low latency (latency = delays in transmitting or processing data) which helps to improve performance.
However, there are also certain challenges that come with the arrival of the 5G network. The large volumes of data that 5G networks must process, store, and distribute can put a strain on Data Centers. Data Centers need to be evaluated to see if they can safely handle 5G. Data Centers that can adopt 5G, just like all other types of Data Centers, need to have adequate cooling systems, to ensure that they run at a safe temperature. Some Data Centers may need to improve upon their existing cooling solutions if they are to safely run 5G.
Edge computing is already being utilised by many Data Centers, in order to reduce latency. In the future, as 5G is introduced, Edge computing could potentially help some Data Centers to support the demands of 5G.
Edge computing is where data storage is located locally to where the data is being generated and consumed. Micro Data Centers are a means of implementing Edge computing. Micro Data Centers are small data centers, that take up approximately 1 square meter of floor space, that house Edge computing technology. Micro Data Centers are located locally to the end-user, and work as a bridge between the source of the data and the Data Center itself.
Micro Data Centers enable some data processing to take place at the user end, meaning that dependency on the Data Center is decreased. By processing some of the data locally to the data source, the distance the data must travel is shortened. The benefit of this is a reduction in latency and an increase in data processing speed. Bringing data closer to the end-user makes it possible to manage the flow of data more efficiently to the user.
Data Centers and Micro Data Centers need effective cooling solutions, so that they can run at a safe temperature. Failure to manage temperature and airflow in your Data Center can lead to a risk of overheating, which can cause computing hardware to stop running properly and can potentially lead to a fire. Data Center cooling is important and necessary.
At USystems, we provide Micro Data Centers that meet the demands of Edge Computing. USystems also provide modern Data Center cooling solutions for a range of different types of Data Centers. Data Centers are vital to modern businesses, and we understand how important it is to ensure that they run efficiently and safely.