Are We Really at the Year of the Edge? NorCal Insiders Say Demand for Low Latency May Force the Industry’s Hand

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – As we take stock of where the industry lies today, as well as where it’s headed next, one topic is perennially on everyone’s radar – the Edge. So that’s why CAPRE convened a panel discussion at its recent Northern California Digital Infrastructure Summit titled, “The Year of the Edge: Data Center and Infrastructure Strategies for 2020” which sought to get to the bottom of a few things. Are we indeed at the year of the Edge, and if so, how will we get there? Moderator Bruce Myatt, Data Center Business Leader at Arup kicked off the panel discussion by asking his five panelists that latter question -- How will we transition? Specifically, how will regional and colocation operators make this transition to a plethora of disruptive, latency-sensitive applications and technologies work? Arnold Magcale, Founder & CTO at Nautilus Data Technologies offered the first response, which sought to situate the discussion within a broader historical context. “I was here 6 years ago. The question I was asked, was where do you see data centers going? I said that data centers were going to get smaller, faster, and move toward the Edge,” he shared, which garnered a healthy chuckle from attendees across the room. “Now, here we are today, and the biggest difference is that we’ve caught up with the chip sets, and it’s going to trickle down to the data centers,” he continued. “So now we’re going…