Remember ten years ago? Facebook was this fairly new thing that all the kids did, and mom and dad were recently exposed to. Twitter was 140 characters of new hotness. And then there was this buzz word that everyone used called “cloud.”

Fast-forward to 2020. Grandma and Grandpa have joined the crowd on Facebook. The kids have added new platforms like Snapchat and Instagram to their social routine. Twitter is 280 characters of wittiness, news and entertainment. And that “cloud” buzzword is a part of everyday life. Everyone uses a cloud technology in one form or another, even though they may not know it. The current day buzzword that will have a similar impact is “Edge compute.” Edge compute is, simply put, a trend that is pushing the compute power of the cloud closer to the end user. This makes sense from couple of different aspects. First, it reduces the latency between the end use and the compute resource (i.e.; cloud or servers). Second, it reduces the bandwidth across the Internet by placing the compute in closer proximity to the end use. This white paper will explore Edge compute and some of the physical infrastructure impacts it will have and will call out the four environments of Edge compute deployments.

Edge Compute Explained

At its core, Edge compute is a shift from a centralized compute model to a hybrid distributed compute model. What exactly does that mean? For the past 20 years or so, the compute model has been almost strictly centralized. Whether your company used an on-premise data center, cloud compute, or hybrid cloud model, it is a centralized compute model. All the data is processed and stored in a central location (i.e.; data center, cloud data center, etc.). Edge compute is supplementing that model with additional compute resources at the edge or in closer proximity to the end use. Industry thought leader Rajashree Rao succinctly defines Edge computing as “the practice of collecting and analyzing data where it’s generated – at the network edges.”

Mark Dehmlow is a Sr. Business Development manager with Panduit’s Data Center business. In this role, Mark is focused on Global Strategic Accounts, Enterprise on-premise and Edge applications for Data Center Infrastructure. Mark is closely following the evolution of distributed compute network architectures and the focus of organizations to leverage Hybrid IT models as a result.

Mark has over 20 years of experience in the Telecommunications sector having served in various product management, product, segment and channel marketing roles in high tech manufacturing, with network operators and in technology distribution. Mark is particularly interested in assisting users of all types in the adoption of technology solutions to drive intended business outcomes for their organizations.

Mark holds a BA in Business Management from Bethel University and an MBA in Int’l business from European University, Brussels, Belgium.