Just What Exactly is an Edge Data Center?

The data center industry is good at many things, defining concepts isn’t one of them. The general tendency is to develop a descriptive term that everyone initially thinks works just fine until everyone promotes their product or service under that umbrella it’s a little less precise than we may have hoped. I think we can all remember the schism over whether a data center was a wholesale or a retail offering, and does anyone think that we’ve fully defined the meaning of “Modular”. All kidding aside, the same type of questions are beginning to surround the definition of edge data centers. The purpose of this white paper is to offer a more accurate definition of the term than is currently being used.

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