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Edge Computing Poised to Make a Comeback in the Colocation Data Center Landscape

By IntelligentHQ

Edge Computing Poised to Make a Comeback in the Colocation Data Center Landscape
Edge Computing Poised to Make a Comeback in the Colocation Data Center Landscape

Instant messaging. Speedy delivery. Quick Updates.

These things make it clear that the world isn’t slowing down; rather, it’s getting faster than ever. People today are aware that our world and especially technology is developing lightning fast.

Not just this, digital transformation is changing how customers engage with businesses. Customers today have become increasingly savvy about service and support and have high expectations:

  • They expect their problems to be solved right away
  • They want their products to arrive the next day
  • They want to communicate with anyone, anytime and anywhere

This trend, however, has reflected in the increased demand for real-time data processing for businesses. And simply being fast isn’t enough, especially, in a world where everything is moving so rapidly.

  • Businesses need to be faster than anyone and everyone
  • If they are not, their competitors will be

Further, with increase in next-generation technologies from intelligent retail to connected cars and smart drones, organizations will need to analyze more data in real time.

By 2025, almost 30 percent of data created will be real-time in nature (According to the DataAge study by Seagate).

This means businesses need to partner with data center colocation services having the ability to store securely and, most importantly, process data at the edge.

Edge Computing: A Closer Look

Edge computing is the idea of putting data storage and powerful processing as close to the end users as possible. Simply put, edge computing is a network of micro data centers with these primary goals:

  • Process or store critical data locally
  • Send all received data to a central data center
  • Shorten the physical distance between data analytics applications, sensors, and the end users
  • Minimize redundant data flow to and from data centers
  • Maintain sensitive data on premise
  • Improve customer experience

In the data center industry, edge computing is gaining traction as it helps organizations combat multiple IT challenges arising from:

  • Data-centric workloads
  • High latency stemming from public cloud platforms

Why is Edge Computing Necessary?

As per Gartner estimates, by 2020, there will be more than 20 billion internet- connected devices. Meaning, there will be tremendous opportunity for businesses, all thanks to the data explosion. And those who can readily analyze the data will, in turn, get rewarded.

Moreover, as edge computing becomes widely available, different technologies can gain a direct advantage. Some technologies which are pushing the need for edge computing include:

  • Augmented Reality

In industries like medical, industrial, entertainment, augmented reality is developing at a rapid pace. As the end goal for augmented reality is to work such that end users can benefit, it is important to send and receive data at high speed.

  • Internet of Things (IoT)

With millions of new devices added each year, IoT is growing at an unbelievable pace. These devices need to transmit and receive data immediately in order to please the users.

  • Autonomous Vehicles

These self-driving vehicles need to gather and process huge amounts of data in a fraction of seconds. Although, some of this can be done locally, however, the majority of it needs to be sent to edge computing data centers in order to be handled by more powerful and faster equipments.

What Does This Mean for Data Centers?

Since the future of ‘real-time’ process relies on powerful edge computing, edge devices and data centers will have to regroup their physical structures and work amicably with each other.

In a few years we could see:

  • Edge-driven systems working alongside data center colocation services
  • Large number of smaller data centers being built closer to population centers to meet the demand of edge computing
  • Increase in storage hubs in regional markets and smaller cities

As this trend in data center environment is set to grow, only well-established data centers providers with the right network topology, configuration of servers, and supporting equipments can fulfill this demand.

Of course, some providers are known for housing mission-critical infrastructure and optimized web environment capable of reaching the audience. One such leading innovator in the colocation services space is STT GDC India, which provides a powerful mix of industry-leading SLAs, state-of-the-art facilities, and global best practices in colocation.

Supporting the ambitious growth plans of organizations, meeting their demands of a growing customer base, and future-proofing their IT infrastructure for IoT growth remains the prime focus of this colocation service provider.

As we move forward into the profoundly connected digital economy, edge computing will play a big part in connectivity and access by broadening the options of colocation networking. By choosing the right data center colocation services provider, organizations can realize the business benefits and bring instant connectivity and services to customers and end users.

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Data Sheet—How Trump’s China Trade War Is Morphing Into a Tech War

By Aaron Pressman, Clay Chandler

Good morning. Clay Chandler in Hong Kong, filling in for Adam.

Shares in Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, the world’s largest manufacturer of surveillance equipment, and rival Zhejiang Dahua Technology tanked on the Shenzhen exchange Wednesday following news that the Trump administration may forbid the companies from buying U.S. technology, adding them to a national security blacklist that currently targets only one Chinese tech firm, the telecom gear giant Huawei Technologies. The expanded ban could also impact several more as-yet-unnamed companies, Bloomberg reports.

Adding Hikvision and Zhejiang would up the ante in Trump’s trade war with China, confirming a fear expressed yesterday by Tencent founder Pony Ma that it is rapidly morphing into a tech war.

It also would invoke a new justification for banning Chinese tech firms. The White House blacklisted Huawei on national security grounds. Now Trump officials are seeking to punish Hikvision and Zhejiang for supplying equipment and technology used in the surveillance and mass detention of Uighurs, a Muslim minority.

China sees both rationales as contrivances to gain negotiating leverage–and in that sense they may be working. Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei scoffed at efforts to impede his company’s global rise, boasting that he foresaw a U.S. “attack” long ago and therefore Huawei has been developing its own chips and stockpiling parts from U.S. suppliers. But Huawei’s consumer electronics chief Richard Yu, in an interview with The Information‘s Juro Osawa, acknowledged the company was blindsided by Google’s decision to curtail Huawei’s access to Android software. Yu says he fears Huawei is in for “really a very rough time.”

Hikvision is one of China’s hottest tech firms. Its monitoring devices, which use artificial intelligence to identify and track people by recognizing their faces, gait, or even body language, are among the most sophisticated in the world. The company began as a government research institute and remains under the control of a state-owned entity with a 40% stake. But it has grown into a $39 billion business that supplies monitoring equipment for surveillance systems throughout China and the rest of the world. Customers include the Memphis police department, the Nuremberg railway station, and a Brazilian soccer stadium. Hikvision is a component of the MSCI Asia Pacific Index and a favorite China stock of overseas investors, including pension funds for teachers in New York and California.

While the executive order Trump signed May 15 has been widely interpreted as written for Huawei, it is worded so broadly that it could be applied to drones or virtually any Chinese-made electronic device associated with the Internet of Things, argues Steve Dickinson on the China Law Blog. “The final result is hard to predict,” he concludes. “What we can say, however, is [that]…relations between China and the United States are on a straight-line decline with no end in sight.”

Clay Chandler


Out of power. As Clay mentioned, the widening trade war is morphing into a tech war, too. Now some analysts fear that China could strike back in a way that would cripple a host of U.S. industries: by withholding supplies of rare earth elements used to make everything from wind turbines to electric car batteries to many consumer electronics.

Half measures. The much-hated “butterfly” keyboard on Apple laptops has been tweaked again. Apple says it is using “new materials” in the keyboard to improve reliability in just-announced updates to its MacBook Pro line up. The company also said it would repair problems with keyboards in the newest models and its last few generations of laptops for free.

That wasn’t very nice. While the White House is making life tough for Chinese tech companies, a U.S. court slammed Qualcomm for stifling competition in mobile chipsets. District Judge Lucy Koh on Tuesday ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission, writing that Qualcomm’s “licensing practices have strangled competition.” The sure-to-be-appealed ruling pushed the company’s shares down 11% in premarket trading on Wednesday.

The wrong lesson. Digital voice assistants from Apple and others that have default female voices reflect and reinforce harmful stereotypes based on gender, according to a new report from UNESCO’s EQUALS Skills Coalition. “Siri’s ‘female’ obsequiousness-and the servility expressed by so many other digital assistants projected as young women-provides a powerful illustration of gender biases coded into technology products, pervasive in the technology sector and apparent in digital skills education,” the report notes.

Seen and heard. Trust the cable company with your health? Comcast is working on a pilot program to monitor customers’ health status in their homes, CNBC reports. The planned device could be aimed at helping older people and people with disabilities.

What’s it like starting out these days? Check out McKenna Moore’s new Entry/Level series for Fortune, in which she interviews an Amazon user experience designer, an assistant merchant at J.Crew-owned Madewell, and an associate account strategist at Google–all just 23-years-old, yet all equipped with some sage advice.


In the realm of ‘things everyone knows are true’ is the obvious harm to children from social media. Of course. Slam dunk. Or, not so fast. A massive, new study conducted by Oxford psychologists Andrew Krzybylski and Amy Orben along with Tobias Dienlin from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany, was carefully designed to separate the actual impact of using social media from the tendency for some already unhappy kids to use social media more. The research included input from more than 12,000 kids aged 10 to 15. Ultimately, the study found that kids who were more satisfied with their lives across a variety of measures (such as school, family, and appearance) were less likely to use social media. The effects the other way round-social media’s harm to satisfaction-were smaller and more tenuous:

The relations linking social media use and life satisfaction are, therefore, more nuanced than previously assumed: They are inconsistent, possibly contingent on gender, and vary substantively depending on how the data are analyzed. Most effects are tiny–arguably trivial; where best statistical practices are followed, they are not statistically significant in more than half of models. That understood, some effects are worthy of further exploration and replication: There might be small reciprocal within-person effects in females, with increases in life satisfaction predicting slightly lower social media use, and increases in social media use predicting tenuous decreases in life satisfaction.


Were you around 34 years ago for the carbonated beverage abomination known as New Coke? If you missed out on the sickly-sweet reformulation that flopped in the 80s, you’ll get a second chance to sip. Netflix’s Stranger Things series returns for a third season on July 4th and the spooky show will be set in 1985, complete with a New Coke plot line. As a genius bit of marketing, Coca Cola says it will sell a half million cans of the new old soda online. I think I’ll pass.

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Arduino SIM, the new cellular connectivity service for the Arduino IoT Cloud

By Arduino Team

Arduino SIM: 10MB Free Data for Up to 90 Days!

The new Arduino SIM offers the simplest path to cellular IoT device development in an environment familiar to millions. The cellular service, provided by Arm Pelion Connectivity Management, has a global roaming profile; meaning a single Arduino SIM can be used in over 100 countries worldwide with one simple data plan.

The Plan

  • Arduino SIM comes with 10 MB of data free for the first days 90 days,
  • One simple subscription at 5 MB for $1.50 USD per month*.
  • Global roaming profile – enjoy the same amount of data traffic for the same price wherever you are operating the device around the world.
  • Cellular connectivity to the Arduino IoT Cloud – monitor and control your devices anytime, anywhere.
  • Ideal for connected devices on the go or in areas without reliable WiFi.

*The monthly Arduino SIM plan is currently only available to U.S. residents

By partnering with Arm Pelion Connectivity Management, the cellular service has a solid foundation for users needing to scale form a single to large numbers of devices in the future.

At launch, the Arduino SIM will allow users to send data into the Arduino IoT Cloud, while later in the year they will also be able to use the Arduino SIM to connect to the Internet via a combination of webhooks and APIs.

Arduino SIM is initially rolling out with support for the Arduino MKR GSM 1400 (3G with 2G fallback) – a 32-bit Arduino board supporting TLS and X.509 certificate-based authentication through an on-board secure element and crypto-accelerator. Arduino IoT Cloud makes it possible for anyone to connect to these boards securely without any coding required, but they are still programmable using open-source libraries and the traditional Arduino IDE.

Now available to pre-order from the Arduino U.S. Store!

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