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The data center has undergone tremendous change in recent history. With the rise of network virtualization, SDN, and NFV, your average data center looks quite different than it did even a few years ago. Now with edge computing taking hold, even the fundamental nature of the data center is in flux.
Edge data centers represent a host of new variables and restrictions to deal with. Instead of a carefully controlled environment, edge data centers could be anything from a fleet of racks tucked under an office stairwell to a single box embedded in the bottom of a cell tower.
As the industry grapples to find a new definition for the data center, enterprises and service providers are already embracing edge technologies; driving innovation as they uncover new challenges and opportunities.
This eBrief examines edge computing’s impact on the data center and its evolution. It dives into the challenges technology professionals face in the edge’s restrictive environments and the opportunities in moving compute closer to the end user. Finally, it looks at key vendors and the different solutions they offer.