Would you connect your colocation Vietnam BMS to the Internet? (part 1)

April 20, 2017

The surge of connected devices will have an effect through big swaths of the best colocation Vietnam industry…

…whether you believe the IoT is a new phenomenon or simply a new term for something that’s been happening all along.

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Data storage and compute capacity is being deployed in “edge” locations, which are essentially places that did not have substantial compute capacity before, and disk capacity demands are growing in places that have some – colocation data centers (DC) where users’ Internet of Things apps are creating new workloads. The list also includes telco central offices and even additional DC space some companies have ended up with after big virtualization and consolidation projects and lease out, Carrie Goetz, global d Goetz sat on a panel titled Internet of Things and Its Impact Everywhere Wednesday at DC World, which is taking place this week in New Orleans. Proliferation of edge DC capacity is already happening, much of it driven by Internet of Things apps, she said, and there seems to be little discrimination between the types of environments this capacity is being deployed in. Companies are deploying DCs “kind of anywhere you can stick one,” she said.

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To be clear, meaning of the expression “edge DC” is different in this context from its meaning when we are talking about DCs where digital content is cached for delivery to end users – the type of DCs EdgeConneX specializes in. In this context, edge DCs are pods of various compute and storage capacity that collect and analyze data from nearby devices.

These edge DCs are part of the solution to one of the biggest issues with Internet of Things the industry is struggling with: How to design the network that links Internet of Things devices to ensure that each device does not become a potential entry point for hackers into corporate networks while remaining useful as a connected device.

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Should the devices be connected to the internet? Should they be connected to a company’s WAN? Or should the data they produce have no physical path outside the local network, and if that’s the case, are we talking about Internet of Things and all its benefits?

Chris Crosby, CEO of Compass Datacenters, who also sat on the panel, doesn’t buy IoT’s newness. “You are talking about rebranding,” he said, explaining that Internet of Things is a “brand in search of a problem.”

(be continued…)