If 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.