The issue of latency (delays in transmitting or processing data) has become increasingly common in Data Centers. As the need for instant data transfer has grown, so has the need to reduce latency.
In the past, many companies owned their own on-site Data Centers, which required large amounts of space, and could be expensive to run. The introduction of Cloud storage and Cloud-based Data Centers presented a solution to some of these issues. Cloud processing and Cloud storage mean that users do not have to have their own IT infrastructure in order to use, view and process lots of data. Businesses can save money by not having to pay for and maintain their own on-site Data Center, and can instead rent the use of a remote data center accessed via the Cloud to complete complex data processing requests for them. However, Cloud Data Centers are often located very far from the business or the user. This long distance can lead to delays in data transfer known as latency. The longer the distance between the place of work and the Data Center, the more time it takes to deliver digital services.
As a way to tackle this, Micro Data Centers can be deployed by companies, to provide a small amount of processing power at the data source, bridging the gap between the end user and the Cloud Data Center, to speed up processing and eliminate latency issues.
Micro Data Centers are an Edge computing solution. Edge computing is where the Data Center is placed closer to the source of the data. A Micro Data Center is a small Data Center that takes up just a square meter of floor space, and is located near to the source of the data. Micro Data Centers enable some data processing to take place at the user end, meaning that dependency on the Cloud Data Center is decreased. By processing some of the data locally to the data source, the distance the data must travel is shortened. The benefit of this is a reduction in latency and an increase in data processing speed.
Micro Data Centers allow for local processing. Bringing data processing capability closer to the data source means latency can be reduced.
As more industries move towards Cloud storage, the need to deal with the issue of latency has increased. Micro Data Centers allow data to be processed closer to where it is created instead of sending it long distances. This can help to reduce latency and increase data processing speed. At Usystems, we offer a range of Micro Data Center solutions. USystems are working towards more efficient and sustainable data centers, by providing leading and innovative technologies.