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Modular containers to win at IoT edge?

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IHS Markit & Baselayer join DCD Colo + Cloud (+Telco) conference in Dallas, September 27, for off-site, pre-fab strategies

The present and near-future demand from IoT applications, streaming and interactive content, AR/VR, 3D print, robotics, drones, and autonomous vehicles presents a refreshed opportunity for commoditized modular/container data center developers. Developments such as fixed wireless 5G microPoPs and edge-network compute/store requirements drive renewed interest in the time-to-market agility of the latest class of modular designs. 

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The DCD Colo + Cloud conference, Dallas, September 27, will engage an expert panel lead by senior research analyst Liz Cruz, IHS Markit. “Renewed optimism in the CMDC market is this growing need for edge data centers, an application which (modular is) uniquely able to address.” Says Cruz, who leads the IHS Data Center & Critical Infrastructure research group.

On the edge with Pokémon GO!

“For example, the need for a network edge data center may happen quickly (as has recently occurred with the usage of Pokémon GO), and CMDCs are able to be deployed to in as little time as a few months. If a company is aware that it will need data centers somewhere, but just doesn’t yet know the exact site, CMDCs could be pre-built, ready to go, creating a turnaround time of less than a month (to deployment) in some cases.”

BaseLayer, a 2015 spinout from fertile R&D colo developer, IO, Phoenix, is one modular container developer positioning itself for just such edgy opportunity, and will appear on the panel with Cruz at DCD Colo+Cloud. “Colocation providers thrive on consistency of quality, performance and efficiency,” says Andreas Zoll, BaseLayers’ engineering and manufacturing vice president. “(The requirement is to) deliver on time, on budget, in a global marketplace. Modular data centers answer the call: what is needed, when it is needed, and with the high engineering standards best achieved in a repeatable manufacturing environment.”

“We think modular and container architectures is one of the ways colocation and cloud services providers can help enterprise customers achieve desired time-to-market agility, mud-to-cloud, while at the same time achieving desired TCO through such things as open-source, and white-box commoditization.” Says Bruce Taylor, DCD EVP. “Today’s modular designs are very tightly integrated IT and MEP infrastructures, including full DCIM monitoring and control. It may be that colo providers and user customers concerned with network-edge, latency-sensitive cloud services will find containers a nice fit for the IT capacity strategies and requirements.”

DCDs new free-by-invitation delegate model means this event will be at no registration fee for qualified IT and data center executives, managers and technical professionals – Click here for full qualification details.

 

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