Challenges at the Edge: Three Solutions to Keep Cool
Edge data centers can take many forms, often serving in rugged environments or remote locations: for example, at the edge of a forest to support a series of cell towers, in a hospital to support critical medical equipment or on an oil rig. Owing to the diversity of locations, micro data centers, which range from 1 to 10 IT racks and draw less than 100 kilowatts of power, are a critical part of the edge-computing movement. As a result, data center managers must consider the size of their cooling solution and the space it will occupy. By moving data centers to the edge, IT managers bring data closer to the end user, enabling critical scale for large amounts of data and supporting a range of next-generation devices and solutions. What’s more, edge data centers’ flexibility can reduce costs and deployment time—a priority for every data center manager.
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