Is 2020 the Year of the Edge? Maybe, But the Industry Can’t Afford it Yet

DULLES, VA – Everyone has been all about the Edge for what seems like eons. But due to a confluence of disruptive technology and key business decisions, many movers and shakers are wondering, is this finally the year of the edge? And more specifically, will there be explosive growth in the nascent market? These questions were key to one of the afternoon panels at CAPRE’s recent 2020 Digital Infrastructure Outlook in Northern Virginia, and moderator Robert Dennelly, Director of Product Line Management & Engineering for AFL Hyperscale kicked off the session by asking five panelists what they see as some of the biggest differences between traditional data center development and the Edge deployments currently being developed across the industry. Jorge Gonzalez, Vice-President at Corgan was first to respond, with a quick primer. “Well, historically, we’ve built data centers on the outskirts of urban areas. These tend to be larger developments and so they tend to range from 100,000 to 300,000 square feet,” he shared. “Because they’re so big they see a lot energy and cooling. Now edge computing today, tends to be smaller developments and they tend to be within urban areas. They require less energy consumption and less cooling.” Next to reply was John Ghirardelli, Director for U.S. Innovation at American Tower. “At American Tower we’re in the midst of figuring out what the Edge is, just like everyone else is in the room,” he intimated. “If you think…