Is 2020 the Year of the Edge? Only Risk and Cost Strategies Will Say So, says Goldman Sachs’ Jeff Ferry

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? About halfway through the session, Moderator Bruce Myatt, Data Center Business Leader at Arup asked his panel to focus on one specific aspect of that question -- how long is it going to take to get to that next level of digitization? Yuval Bachar, Principal Hardware Architect for Azure at Microsoft was first to offer a response. “I think it’s 5-10 years, no more than that. It’s not the 15-year cycle that we’ve heard, and I think 5G is going to be the key,” he predicted. “Until 5G is here, we don’t really need it. Because we don’t have the low-latency environment and all of the kids who want 4k videos can’t push up 2 gigs of data from every phone. Once 5G becomes a pervasive technology and it’s all over the place – and we’re only a year or two away from that – every teenager over here can push to…