The Age of the Edge: Why Large-Scale Operators Should Regionalize

TORONTO, ONTARIO — The Edge has already rocked the data center world. But its biggest impact may be yet to come. At CapRE’s Canadian Data Center in Toronto on May 22, a panel titled Life on The Edge: The Advent of 5G, Micro Data Centers & Evolution of the Next Generation included some exclusive analysis by two regional data center leaders on where and how exactly the next generation of Edge computing will roll out. “I saw one model that basically said something along the lines of, going forward, nothing is universal,” began Moderator J. Mark MacDonald, Founder and CEO of Canada15Edge Data Centers Inc. “A retail data center can co-exist with a wholesale data center. But as data gets pushed to the Edge, you’ll see something as small as a container alongside a 5G tower, perhaps connected to a regional data center that might perhaps be connected to the Cloud. Do you see that happening in your marketplace?” First to reply was Craig McLellan, Founder of ThinkOn, with brief remarks. “I know of one where an organization, it happens to be a local utility, who dropped a container inside a building,” he shared. “And that’s their twenty-cabinet data center where they are offering local compute services attached to their local fiber. So adding 5G connectivity to it is like peanuts. It’s very easy." Next, Herb Villa, Senior Applications Engineer at Rittal Corporation chimed in with some remarks that were…