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Edge data, or edge computing, is designed to bring data storage and computation solutions closer to the location of where the data is being gathered and used. Edge data centers may vary depending on their role and industry, but typically they are defined as small, local data centers that house mission-critical data. They are specialised facilities closer to the users they serve and are typically connected to a large data center or multiple data centers. In recent years, most businesses have moved to using centralised data services and cloud storage systems, utilising data centers that are often miles away from where the business operates. Solutions such as micro data centers are a return to localised computing, providing a bridge between the data center and the client to reduce latency and optimise performance.

With the rise of advanced technologies in the modern world, rapid real-time data processing is required. Edge computing that handles data at the client end ensures there are no latency issues and that connectivity is seamless. Computing at the edge shortens the distance between the heavily-used cloud resource and provides access to even more distant and advanced services on an on-demand basis. Edge data is time-sensitive and needs processing in the blink of an eye, so in recent years latency has become a big concern for data center managers and businesses due to rapidly advancing technology and data trends. Big data, artificial intelligence, streaming services and smart devices all make use of data center services, and all need to provide instant, real-time results for consumers. The advent of 5G is also causing a rise in edge data technology and pushing our advancements to new heights.

 Before the invention of the cloud model and before the cloud was efficient enough to be widely used, businesses would manage their own data centers; huge server rooms that took up swathes of important office space and were expensive to maintain. The rise of cloud storage technology allowed businesses and organisations to make use of powerful off-site data centers to handle and process all of their vital data. However, as more and more data is required to be processed in real-time, there has been a renewed need for edge data centers to allow some user-end processing. This decreases lag and latency issues and increases productivity, connecting the business to their data center to allow for even faster and smoother data handling.

Whatever your business and your needs, we can keep you up to speed with the latest advancements in data. We provide micro data center solutions that process your edge data without taking up precious office space, occupying just one square meter. Our soundproof micro data center solutions reduce noise and are unobtrusive, compact and energy-efficient, reducing your environmental impact while increasing your data handling capability. Processing your data at the edge reduces the problems caused by lag and latency, allowing you to work seamlessly without worry. If you think a micro data center could be the answer to your latency problems, get in touch with us today.

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