Vertiv, a provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, has updated the edge archetypes taxonomy it introduced in 2018 to help organisations move towards a more standardised approach to edge computing deployments.
The new report, Edge Archetypes 2.0: Deployment-Ready Edge Infrastructure Models, categorises edge sites based on factors such as location, number of racks, power requirements, site tenancy, edge infrastructure and number of sites to be deployed.
It identifies four main archetypes:
- Device Edge: The compute is at the end-device itself, either built-in or in a standalone form directly attached to the device, such as AR/VR devices or smart traffic lights.
- Micro Edge: A small, standalone solution, ranging in size from one or two servers to four racks, it can be deployed at the enterprise’s own site or at a telco site. Common cases include real-time inventory management and network closets in educational facilities.
- Distributed Edge Data Centre: This could be within an on-premise data centre (a pre-existing enterprise data centre or network room or new standalone facility) or it could be a small, distributed data centre or colocation facility on the telco network or at a regional site. Distributed Edge Data Centres are common in manufacturing, telecommunications, healthcare and smart city applications.
- Regional Edge Data Centre: A data centre facility located outside core data centre hubs. Typically purpose-built to host compute infrastructure, it shares many features of hyperscale data centres, being conditioned and controlled and having high security and high reliability. This model is common for retail applications and serves as an intermediary data processing site.
Martin Olsen, Global Vice President, Edge Strategy and Transformation at Vertiv, said: “Edge sites will continue to require some customisation to meet users’ specific needs, but these models streamline many fundamental choices and introduce some much needed repeatability into edge environments. This research is especially useful for specifiers, such as channel partners and IT management professionals.”