Data center startup Vapor IO is making big moves in the world of multi-access edge computing (MEC). Vapor IO is aligning its production with MEC by creating micro-data centers.
MEC is computing at the edge of a network, bringing it closer to the end-user. By situating computing closer to the end-user — for example, tapping into the micro-data center’s network edge — it decreases latency time and speeds up connectivity.
Not only does the company offer data centers and other MEC products, but the ambitious startup also began Project Volutus. As of February 2018, the company hired new board members that will focus their energies on its Kinetic Edge and Project Volutus. The new board members are Robert Strickland, from Leap Wireless and Cricket Communications; Paul Mockapetris, inventor of DNS; and Ihab Tarazi, from Equinix.
MEC, Vapor IO, and Project Volutus
Project Volutus is a data center platform service that places a network of micro-data centers at the base of cell towers. “By locating Vapor IO’s technology at tower locations and connecting to dense metro fiber, we will provide the fastest, most economical way for cloud providers, telecom carriers, and web-scale companies to deliver next generation edge services in every major U.S city,” said Cole Crawford, CEO and founder of Vapor IO.
The project uses Vapor IO’s rack system called Vapor Chamber. The cylinder chamber holds up to six racks and keeps IT equipment cool by channeling hot air to a central chimney located on top of the chamber. The project uses the chamber in conjunction with the open source telemetry system, OpenDCRE, and with Intel’s FlexRan software.
Crown Castle became a minority investor in Project Volutus and offered its towers for the project. Crown Castle’s Phil Keely, senior vice president of corporate development and strategy, said, “We believe our unique asset mix of approximately 40,000 tower locations and large metro fiber footprint is ideally positioned for a successful Volutus deployment.”
Overall, the project is an open, multi-cloud edge that is removed from a vendor-specific public cloud.