Aug 27, 2020

EdgeMicro expands network with five new micro data centres

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Harry Menear
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With five new micro data centres slated to come online in Q4 2020, EdgeMicro is set to almost double its footprint  (Image Courtesy of EdgeMicro)
With five new micro data centres slated to come online in Q4 2020, EdgeMicro is set to almost double its footprint...

Colorado-based EdgeMicro announced this week that it will almost double the size of its micro data centre network. 

By the end of Q4 2020, EdgeMicro will bring five additional micro data centre facilities online in five US cities: Cleveland, Indianapolis, Memphis, Houston, and Pittsburgh, regions chosen due to being “underserved” by traditional data centre infrastructure while also having large population bases and industry presence. 

These facilities are a mere 20 feet long, small enough to transport on the back of a semi-truck, and are intended to help improve low-latency connectivity in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities throughout the US, where connectivity and access to colocation services is currently restricted. The first EdgeMicro data centres went online at the end of last year in Astin and Tampa and Raleigh. The company now operates a network of eight micro data centres across those three cities. 

The addition of five more micro data centres will almost double EdgeMicro’s capacity. 

"Success of our initial locations has accelerated our deployment to the edge," said Mike Hagan, Founder & CEO of EdgeMicro. The company already operates a network of eight micro data centres across the US cities of Austin, Texas; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Tampa, Florida.

"Our portfolio of eight strategically positioned micro data centres offer businesses the chance to connect to users and fully demonstrates our ability to scale in a rapidly growing edge market. By offering infrastructure closer to the end user, we lower latency and positively impact the bandwidth challenges that have been created by increasingly important work-from-home demands related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hagan added in a press release on Tuesday.

Increased demand for EdgeMicro’s services, as well as a rapid global expansion of the edge data centre network market, have driven significant growth at the firm, which launched in 2017. 

"Due to our expanding portfolio we are experiencing heightened leasing activity," said Jason Bourg, Vice President of Revenue at EdgeMicro. "EdgeMicro's ability to deliver reliable, repeatable, colocation and connectivity is paying off for both our business partners and the mutual customers we serve."

The global edge data centre market is expanding rapidly. Global Market Insights data published at the end of last year projects that the market is set to grow at an annual rate of 20.5% between 2019 and 2025.

Similarly, new data released yesterday by analyst firm Frost & Sullivan forecasts that, by 2022, 90% of industrial enterprises will utilise edge computing, a trend that is expected to massively drive adoption of edge data centre colocation services. 

"From the perspective of the multi-access edge computing ecosystem, software—edge application and solutions—promises the highest CAGR followed by services—telecom operators' services, cloud providers' infrastructure-as-a-service, and edge data centre colocation services," commented Renato Pasquini, Information & Communication Technologies Research Director at Frost & Sullivan.

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Jul 27, 2021

Digital Realty, Zayo lay foundations for ‘fabric-of-fabrics’

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Digital Realty and Zayo have taken a significant step towards establishing the data centre industry’s largest open fabric-of-fabrics. 

As the world continually shifts towards cloud and hybrid cloud models, organisations are increasingly looking for better ways to support their needs for next-generation colocation solutions and secure, software-defined interconnection. 

Global data centre leader Digital Realty has taken its next step towards fulfilling the promises laid out earlier this year in the company’s industry manifesto. The document solidifies Digital Realty’s objectives surrounding Enabling Connected Data Communities through interconnection, allowing them to leverage data assets more effectively than ever before. 

This morning the Austin, Texas-headquartered firm announced a new collaboration with bandwidth and interconnection services firm Zayo Group Holdings. Together, Digital Realty and Zayo will create “next-generation interconnection and security capabilities and build the largest open fabric-of-fabrics interconnecting key centres of data exchange.” 

What is a Fabric-of-Fabrics?

Data centre fabric, generally speaking, refers to the way in which the layout of the various computing, networking, and software components of a data centre conspire to deliver IT services. The term was originally coined by Facebook back in 2014 as the social media firm unveiled its new state-of-the-art campus in Atlanta. 

Alexey Andreyev, one of Facebook’s network engineers, explained that “we challenged ourselves to make the entire data centre building one high-performance network, instead of a hierarchically oversubscribed system of clusters.” 

Flash forward seven years and that methodology has become de rigueur throughout the data centre industry - particularly when it comes to hyperscale design. 

Digital Realty’s “Fabric-of-Fabrics” takes the concept one step further, delivering the kind of deep interconnectedness across multiple data centre fabrics. The new partnership between Digital Realty and Zayo will, according to Chris Sharp, CTO of Digital Realty, “serve as a force-multiplier in building the industry’s largest open fabric-of-fabrics to effectively address the growing intensity of enterprise data creation and its gravitational impact on IT architectures.” 

Battling Data Gravity

Digital Realty has put data gravity (the concept that supposes data, like “a planet or other object with sufficient mass” attracts other things towards it first coined by Dave McRory back in 2010) at the heart of its global strategy in the past year, officially launching its Data Gravity Manifesto in March of 2021. 

The essence of Digital Realty’s approach is that, by removing legacy barriers in the interconnection industry, the challenges of exponentially growing amounts of data can be overcome. With the launch of the manifesto, Digital Realty already spoke out about its plans for the industry’s largest open fabric of fabrics. 

Now, however, Zayo’s expertise and extensive global fibre network are expected to be a crucial step towards the plan’s success. The partnership, according to Digital Realty’s statement to the press, aims to unlock trapped value and remove legacy barriers to digital transformation by more closely aligning with the hybrid IT and security considerations of multinational enterprises.  

“As businesses continue to shift globally towards hybrid IT to control costs, enable new digital workplace models and create new lines of business, Zayo and Digital Realty are in an excellent position to enable customers’ growth through a shared interest in globally secure, software-defined interconnection,” said Brian Lillie, Chief Product and Technology Officer at Zayo.  

He added: “We look forward to working together to power next-generation interconnection and security capabilities that will unlock the true potential of digital transformation.”  

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