Schneider Electric Publishes White Paper on the Drivers and Benefits of Edge Computing

A new white paper from Schneider Electric, a global data center solutions vendor, describes in detail how today’s Internet usage trends, including high-bandwidth applications such as video on demand, and the proliferation of network-ready devices spurred on by the Internet of Things (IoT), impact upon the technical limitations of key elements such as Internet Protocol (IP) and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP).

A solution for many such problems would be Edge Computing, which moves key data and network services away from centralized hubs and closer both to the transmitters and consumers of data. Streamers of high-bandwidth content, for example, can make use of data centers at the Edge of the network to duplicate their content on multiple servers, thereby allowing it to be cached closer to their users.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the phenomenon in which sensors on any sort of physical asset, including machines, equipment, premises or vehicles) gather data to monitor their status or behavior and transmit it to interested parties. With the number of such Internet-connected items expected to reach 50 billion by 2020, the amount of information flowing across networks will require careful traffic management to ease congestion and maintain response times. Routing such information through local network switches would be an obvious solution.

schneider electricAuthored by Steve Carlini, Senior Director, Data Center Global Solutions, Schneider Electric, the white paper shows that BGP, although “proven as a guarantor of reliability and resilience” is sub-optimal from a latency performance standpoint. It also describes how the number of hops or transfers across switches that a stream of data can be made to negotiate can slow down data transmission. Further, the white paper describes the different varieties of Edge Computing installations including localized micro data centers.

Steven Carlini was behind some of the most innovative solutions that changed the data-center landscape and architecture throughout his career, according to Schneider Electric. He holds a BSEE from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA in International Business from the University of Houston. He is an expert in the field and a frequent speaker and panelist at data center industry events.