What Does It Take To Build An Edge Data Center?

Craig Culwell - thumb Craig Culwell June 26, 2017

Data_Center_NetworkIf you're a service provider who's considering setting up an edge data center environment within your central office, you might be surprised at its complexity. Like most projects involving sensitive electronic equipment, an edge data center requires a lot of preparation and planning to ensure its success.

The first consideration is where you plan on locating your edge data center. Since edge cloud computing equipment is delicate and expensive, it should be isolated in an environment that features reliable heating, cooling and humidity control. In addition, the environment should also have extra security precautions, a firewall and, ideally, inert gas fire-suppression system.

To deliver service that offers near-perfect reliability or better, you'll want to deploy a number of redundancies to prevent unexpected downtime. These redundancies include equipment, back-up power and, if possible, multiple connections to high speed networks. Plus, as faster and more robust servers are being developed, you will need to build your data center infrastructure with an eye towards the future including a clear migration plan for speeds up to 400Gbps.

To help you get started, CommScope has created this checklist that notes the many intricacies that come with building an edge cloud computing environment. While this list is far from comprehensive, it should provide you with some valuable considerations that you can use to initiate discussions internally and with your contractor.

About the Author

Craig Culwell - thumb

Craig Culwell

Craig Culwell is a solutions architect at CommScope, responsible for key Service Provider accounts in North America. The solutions include connectivity for Central Offices, MTSO’s, Data Centers, Outside Plant, and Cell Sites/Small Cell, with additional emphasis on service providers transitioning to SDN/NFV, and the value of utilizing Automated Infrastructure Management (AIM) solutions.

Culwell’s strategic mind leverages an understanding of customer needs in those vertical markets and driving change in cross-functional product management, engineering, and field application engineering teams to develop the solutions to increase market share now and into the future.

Before his nearly 17 years at CommScope, Culwell spent time at AT&T as a network service operations manager, and at Liberty Mutual as a senior claims adjuster and manager. Culwell holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from California Polytechnic State University, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is based in Sacramento.