Fibre-optic and copper wires help to deliver the Internet to our homes and offices. However, as we all require more and more of it - MOAR INTERNET - the pressures on bandwidth become all the more apparent.
Consultants at Frost & Sullivan have produced a report which analyses some of these issues - particularly around the concept of edge computing, where decentralised data is served at the "edges" of the network. The market for edge computing, according to F&S, is growing by 36% a year, equating to a market value of $3.62 billion by 2022.
Surprisingly-but-also-unsurprisingly is the fact that the sector where the most growth will occur is small-to-medium edge network operations. This will take care of smaller requirements such as SMEs and smaller manufacturing operations, leaving the bigger requirements for the multinational cloud providers and domestic broadband / infrastructure providers.
Co-author Vasanth Krishnan said:
Edge data centres are particularly focusing on high-density cooling solutions such as rack-mounted cooling and advanced cooling solutions like evaporative/adiabatic cooling, direct liquid cooling/immersion cooling, and economiser segment/free cooling.
Meanwhile, market participants are expanding their data centre footprint to Tier II and Tier III cities to develop their network at the edge, creating opportunities in these cities for other participants in the value chain.
We're not entirely sure what adiabatic cooling is, but it SOUNDS GREAT.
F&S believes that for edge companies to grow, they need to invest in their technologies or merge for scale; avoid any downtime whatsoever (obvs); and target mid-sized towns and cities. You know, like Oxford, where we are based. That would be lovely.