Edge data centers extend the speed and accessibility of your network. Make sure they maintain consistent uptime with Mitsubishi Electric UPS.
Edge data centers are generally smaller facilities that live on the periphery of an IP network, extending the “edge” to provide computational resources to localized users.
They are often leveraged to provide quicker information relays in remote locations as content doesn’t have to travel back to the hyperscale data center and back. While smaller than a traditional data center, edge centers require the same computing infrastructure - and that includes uninterruptible power supplies.
So, what businesses can benefit from the virtues of edge data centers?
Any business relying on near-instant data is a candidate.
Some of the early adopters of edge cloud computing are consumer and industrial applications, such as autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, gaming, and financial institutions, where a few milliseconds can make or break the profitability of a stock trade. 5G and IoT networks also benefit from the boost, especially in rural locations.
Existing networks often connect to hyper-scale data centers that are far removed geographically from the areas that they serve. Although very effective at number crunching, their remote locations can add precious milliseconds to transaction times and introduce undesirable latency.
The switch from centralized processing to localized computing minimizes the physical gap between servers and end users and optimizes processing time. Remote locations for edge computing are typically unmanned and monitored remotely, so onsite backup power from a reliable source is even more essential to continued uptime.
The amount of data being collected is escalating exponentially, and businesses and organizations need to analyze and retain the relevant parts. Information like manufacturing metrics, environmental data, and real time retail customer store interactions are just a few examples. Transmitting all of this data to large data centers for permanent storage is not always necessary for extended record keeping.
Enter edge computing, capable of analyzing volumes of data and deciding how much of it needs to be stored long term, and how much can be discarded. This determination at the edge drastically reduces the essential network bandwidth and significantly releases resources at the central data center.
Uptime in any data center is essential, but with more and more edge data centers leveraged for machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and IP-connected mobile devices, it could be lifesaving. Edge data centers that support M2M allow self-driving cars and other connected devices to “talk” with smart lights and other cars and get updates in real time on nearby accidents or traffic patterns.
If AI could impact a life, time and reliability matters exponentially more. Edge data centers support this by reducing relay time and connecting devices more quickly.
Uninterruptible power supplies support edge computing with an even and always-on power source that protects the uptime of the edge infrastructure against surges and outages.
With all the same operation requirements, including security, cooling, connectivity and power but on a smaller scale, edge data centers need a smaller power supply. At most, operators would need a UPS in the 500-750kVA range, but the majority of edge computing systems will be in the range of 100 kVA and below. The 1100 Series and 9900AEGIS from Mitsubishi Electric can provide the edge power supply you require in smaller, remote data centers.