The Emerging Players in Edge Computing

Data is everywhere. As a digital transformation sweeps across our society and economy, Internet infrastructure must follow the data. Enter edge computing, which extends data processing and storage closer to the growing universe of devices and sensors at the edge of the network.

At Data Center Frontier, we’re tracking the players in the emerging edge infrastructure sector. Here’s a look at our recent profiles of some of the companies that are focused on deploying edge data centers, including established players, startups and cloud platforms.

With New Backers, EdgeConneX Ready to Be a Builder And Buyer
With its acquisition by EQT, EdgeConneX will have more resources to deliver capacity quickly, and in new places. It will also look to expand through acquisitions, says CEO Randy Brouckman.


EdgePresence Gets Strategic Investment From DataBank
With a $30 million from DataBank, startup EdgePresence becomes the latest edge computing player to kick its rollout into a higher gear.

Vapor IO, Digital Realty Team on Integrated ‘Core-to-Edge’ Offering
Edge computing specialist Vapor IOData center developer Digital Realty and  are rolling out an “edge-to-core” offering in Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. It’s an early examples of integration between edge computing and data center providers.

Edge Micro Deploying 5 Sites in Next Phase of Edge Network
Edge computing specialist EdgeMicro has shifted into active development, with data center construction projects underway in five new markets, the company said last week.

American Tower Begins Deploying Edge Data Centers at Towers
American Tower has begun deploying a network of small modular data centers at its telecom tower properties, commencing a new phase in the giant telecom infrastructure company’s expansion into edge computing.


DartPoints Maps Regional Strategy for Edge Computing Growth
With a new capital partner and CEO, DartPoints says it is ready to move ahead with a deployment of a regional network of edge colocation centers, and may also seek to grow through acquisitions.

EDJX Edge Network Integrates Sustainability, Software-Defined Power: With $3 million in new funding, edge computing startup EDJX is launching its network in Cyxtera data centers, using hardware from IT Renew that is repurposed from hyperscale operators, and integrating a software-defined power solution from Virtual Power Systems.

SBA Buys JaxNAP Data Center, Eyes Larger Move Into Edge Computing
Tower operator SBA Communications is signaling a larger push into edge computing, which could include more data centers and perhaps thousands of edge modules at the base of telecom towers.

How AWS Cloud Customers Are Using Local Zones for Edge Computing
Amazon Web Services is adding a second Local Zone edge node in Los Angeles, providing single-digit millisecond latency to customers. AWS says users are tapping Local Zones to run hybrid environments and support latency-intensive tasks like game rendering.

Azure Space Connects Microsoft Edge Modules to Satellites (Including SpaceX)
Microsoft Azure Space will feature satellite broadband from SpaceX Starlink and SES, which will support the Azure Modular Data Center (MDC) to create satellite-connected edge data centers.

For more insights, check out our Edge Computing Channel  and our special report, Edge Computing and Why It Matters, In 2020 and Beyond.

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