Phill Lawson-Shanks, EdgeConneX Talks the Edge in Europe: It’s Shifting, May Be Relative to IT Deployments

DUBLIN, IRELAND -- The Edge is rapidly changing, and that’s as true in Ireland as in the States. So CapRE’s 2018 Ireland and Emerging European Data Center Markets Summit, the panel The Advent of 5G, Micro Data Centers & Evolution of the Next Generation dived deep into what those changes are. Below, we highlight some of the introductory remarks between Moderator Brian Klebash, Founder of CapRE and panelist Phill Lawson-Shanks, Chief Innovation Officer at EdgeConneX. “Let’s start out with the definition of the Edge. Let’s define the Edge,” Klebash suggested. “Definitions run from anything and everything supporting Edge services to a micro data center at a cell tower. Phil, how do you define the edge at EdgeConneX?” “We define it as the point of demarcation with the lowest latency between a service and consumption of a service,” replied Lawson-Shanks. “So irrespective, or rather dependent upon, what that service is and what is trying to consume it, the Edge could be anywhere and at any given size. So we started by fixing a problem with moving content closer to eyeballs.” “So the fact that the Edge happened to be in second or third tier markets across North America, is better than in Europe where there is a slightly different challenge, because frankly the network works much better here than over there,” he intimated. “And then the Edge shifted to be small-instances of compute farms. So instead of it being 150 or…