The Impact of Demand Drivers for the Edge: Part I of EdgeConneX’s Origin Story

TORONTO, CANADA — The About Us page of buzzworthy firm EdgeConneX reads as such: “With an eye for innovation and a drive to deliver unsurpassed digital content experiences, EdgeConneX was born. Edge Services provide Space, Power & Connectivity to deliver digital content like never before. With EdgeConneX, data delivery is optimized by placing Edge Data Centers®, Edge Small Cells and Edge PoPs® at the most critical locations—as close as possible to the end user’s point of access. With our services, digital content can be delivered with enhanced performance and lower latency to any device, anywhere.” Recently, CapRate caught up with Don MacNeil, Chief Technology Officer for EdgeConneX to learn more about the demand drivers for the Edge. MacNeil, who has been with the company for two years, says that they’ve been focused on the edge data centers for the past three years. “Our business model focuses on the fact that the internet as we know it has changed,” he begins. “Some of the key characteristics of the first version of the internet was that it was all about connecting core IP backbones. And clearly, over the last several years, with regard to whether you want to use broadly classified, over the top capabilities or, increasingly now, the Cloud and Internet Of Things and some of the other use-cases, the internet now is becoming under strain. According to MacNeil, some of the over the top streaming media could represent anywhere from 30%-50%…