Greg Stover, Vertiv on the Future of the Edge: We Have No Clue What is Coming Our Way

LOS ANGELES, CA — CapRE’s Seventh Annual Southwest Data Center Summit: The Telecom Evolution featured a deep dive into the Edge. Life on The Edge: The Advent of 5G, Micro Data Centers & Evolution of the Next Generation was a close-up interview with two leading industry insiders, moderated by a fellow insider. Below we highlight the first question posed to the pair of panelists, laying the land for the crowd of 300+ attendees. “It seems like the Edge is more of a device or user concept than, okay, this is an Edge data center vs okay, this is a core data center. Is that pretty accurate?” asked Moderator Luke Denmon, Senior Vice President of the Technology Solutions Practice at Colliers International. “Because I think that right now we are on the front end of the Edge, and it’s pretty tough to determine, okay, this is the core and this is the Edge, because a lot of that and those functions are happening at the same facility.” “Well, we definitely see that,” shared Michael Siteman, Director of Chapter Relations at 7×24. “Our whole business model, with the way that we’re growing, in terms of our footprint, and what backs that up is the performance IP network. The company is focused on that in terms of catering to businesses that are trying to reach a large consumer base. In terms of what an Edge data center is, I think it really is…