Data centre expansion is a great method for network operators and CDN providers to boost their capacity and ensure they are able to keep up with the fast growing content delivery demands that are necessitated by modern internet demand.
As more and more people access the internet, especially in developing regions such as Latin America and Africa, global networks are being put under increasing strain. Data centre expansion helps companies meet this demand, but these developments take time and money. And as much of this new demand is coming from low powered mobile devices, it is important that new data centres and points of presence are able to deal with high latency, low bandwidth mobile networks.
Data Centre Expansion Benefits
The latest company to embark on a comprehensive data centre expansion is EdgeMicro. EdgeMicro is a leading provider of edge computing networks and they have announced the construction of facilities in 30 underserved cities across the US where they will be creating micro data centers. These cities include Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Denver, Albuquerque, El Paso, Omaha, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, the Twin Cities, Des Moines, St. Louis, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Detroit, Cleveland, Rochester, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham, Jacksonville and Tampa. An American mobile network operator (MNO) will be testing these units for use at cell tower sites.
“We will be entering that MNO lab middle of this month, expect our testing of the benefits and ROI of multiple use cases to take roughly 30 days,” said Mike Hagan, CEO of EdgeMicro. “From there, we will move to our first field test, and establish that our tower Tower Traffic Xchange (TTX) doesn’t impact the mobile network in any way.”
“Today, if somebody on a mobile device makes a request for a piece of data from content provider, it goes to the top of tower, then goes to a to central office, and a mega data center,” Hagan explained. “Until now there has been no protocol for that packet to land at the base of the tower, and ask if that data already there.”