Edge computing seemed to be just over the horizon. Yet over the past two years, despite a plethora of network and infrastructure innovations, it appears to have stayed there. What is an edge data center, really?
This special report is the product of our having asked several dozen sources over the past year to define “the edge” using quantities people who manage data centers understand.
If data and workloads are, as vendors claim, “moving to the edge,” then:
- How much capacity is being relocated?
- Can we repurpose or disconnect core data center capacity where data and workloads moved from?
- If it ends up costing more to manage workloads at the edge than the value they generate by being hosted there, can we move them back?
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