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From Edge Computing to Datacenter

Edge computing delivers the decentralized complement to today’s hyperscale cloud and legacy data centers. To maximize application potential and user experience, Enterprise Application and technology innovation leaders need to plan distributed computing solutions along a continuum from the core to the edge.

Although the topological concept of edge computing may be decades old, the limitations imposed by the centralized implementation of hyperscale cloud has thrust edge topology into the limelight. Edge computing places content, data and processing closer to the applications, things and users that consume and interact with them. It takes the classic IT workload quandary of “What goes where?” and encourages workload and capability placement that optimizes the balance of latency, bandwidth, autonomy and security across a continuum of options, from hyperscale cloud data centers to home thermostats.
Edge computing doesn’t compete with cloud computing, but it will complement and complete it. The description of a decentralized edge location implies a centralized alter ego (i.e., the “core”). This is a centralized data center, ranging from a hyperscale cloud provider with massive data centers, to individual enterprise data centers of all sizes.
The “where to store and process the data” see Figure below has swing between highly centralized approaches (such as farm servers or centralized cloud services) and more-decentralized approaches (such as PCs, mobile devices and people). Distributed deployment models are best for addressing connectivity and latency challenges, bandwidth constraints, and the greater processing power and storage embedded at the edge 


Routing traffic locally from your branch office locations to enable direct access to the internet and cloud applications. We will outline the five requirements for architecting the ideal solution.

Applications continue to accelerate their move to the cloud. At the sametime, increasing numbers of employees are working outside the corporate headquarters in branch or remote offices. Organizations are discovering that legacy network and security strategies that worked in the past no longer make sense.
Hub-and-spoke architectures centered around backhauling traffic to applications that sit in the data center are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Yet, many organizations still find themselves forcing branch traffic back through legacy architectures to access cloud applications and the internet, which largely defeats the purpose of moving applications to cloud in the first place.
Cloud applications were designed to provide an excellent user experience, enabling users to be more productive, while making businesses more flexible and agile. And realizing these benefits requires direct-to-internet connections. But getting there requires a fundamental change in the way you approach your network and security.

Why legacy technology falls short

Limiting egress points by backhauling traffic to regional hubs over MPLS, or routing traffic to a small number of data centers, creates geographic gaps, latency and a poor user experience. It also complicates data privacy compliance, because regulations vary by region. For a better user experience and simpler compliance, select a vendor that truly provides a global footprint. Data centers and egress points must be in carrier-neutral exchanges close to your branch users in all geographies. Close proximity, combined with peering with your critical applications, provides the fastest connections, better application performance, and enables easier compliance with data privacy requirements.
Don’t take our word for it. In 2017, Microsoft emphasized the importance of local egress and direct-to-internet connections as more applications, like Office 365, move to the cloud.
Datacentre professionals and communication service providers (CSP’s) face an increasingly difficult world. The continued deluge of connected devices finds the modern IT professional facing the reality of internet traffic surging by as much as 50 percent each year, not to mention the need of networks to handle more bandwidth intensive operations with minimal latency.
The CILIX provides a cost effective solution for rapidly deploying IT capacity exactly where it is needed. This modular and highly efficient solution can easily scale to accommodate the needs of today and the rapid growth of tomorrow, even in space constrained environments.

The Customers now expect cloud IaaS providers to offer a broad array of services that encompass hardware infrastructure; software infrastructure; management and governance capabilities; and preintegrated, value-added solutions. Moreover, they expect providers to have robust ecosystems for managed and professional services, as well as a software and tools ecosystem.


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