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Edge Data Centers – Location, Speed and Connectivity

Edge Data Centers – Location, Speed and Connectivity Data center operators need more storage. They need more computing power. They need higher bandwidth between locations, they need to connect more devices and they need to reduce the time it takes to get data to and from their customers. The result of these forces is the development of the edge data center, sometimes referred to as edge computing. To some degree, data center operators have reached the limits of what can be done in large centralized locations. Therefore, operators are creating new architectures for their data centers and edge data centers are the result. Minimizing latency of data to and from the customer and the core network are key drivers along with the following key customers requirements: ● They are closer in proximity to the end users ● They are smaller then traditional data centers ● ● They cache frequently used content ● They run a more limited set of applications required for the local user community ● They share operational overhead as a distributed node of larger data center organizations These new architectures deliver three fundamental requirements among others, faster processing speed, lower latency, and increased bandwidth. These mandates require that edge data centers are built upon optical networks of two types. One, the local optical network within the data center and the right transceivers, cables and racks for connecting servers to switches and storage. Two, the high speed optical links, typically Wave Division Multiplexing (WDM), that connect the edge data center to the customer and to other service providers. The types of transceivers required for these two functions are very different and each is a technical domain within itself. A discussion of each is beyond the scope of this blog. However, AddOn has the technical expertise and transceivers, DAC and AOC cables,mus/demux, patch panels and related equipment to supply any need for within the data center and for long reach WDM links. Using optical networks to build the right architecture for servers, switches and storage within the building as well as the high speed connections to the core network provides the foundation that edge data centers need to deliver the latest applications. Some of these applications include: ● Real time – examples are AR/VR, IoT, connected cars, telemedicine ● Data collection/analytics/AI – data from thousands of points is collected and analyzed ● Compliance – copyright enforcement, geofencing, fulfilling local data privacy laws ● Network function virtualization – moving applications from local appliances to the cloud AddOn specializes in understanding how the optical network delivers value for edge network operators. Whether it is Coherent optics for backbone links or 1G to 400G transceivers for within the data center , AddOn is your one-stop-shop for quality tested gear for cutting edge data center operators.