Originally posted on DartPoints

On April 14, Hugh Carspecken, DartPoints Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, joined a panel at the DCD>Building the Edge virtual event on edge infrastructure innovation and deployment. The session, titled How is North America’s Edge data center industry evolving in 2021? Featured Nirav Shah, Managing Director | Infrastructure at EQT Partners, a global investment organization founded in 1994, dedicated to investing in, developing, and owning companies across multiple regions, sectors and business models and Paul Reddick, VP, Strategy, Business and Product Development at Crown Castle.

Led by session moderator George Rocket, CEO and Co-Founder of DCD, the all-star panel brought together perspectives from a tower company, an edge specialist deployment organization, and an investor to explore how technology, investment, and collaboration dynamics are evolving across the North American market. Together, they tackled topics including Where is the Edge in the U.S. today? How are hyperscale investments changing business models and strategies? Where are the Telcos gravitating? All building toward a fascinating exchange around areas of collaboration, competition and coopetition, especially where and how this is shifting customer focus.

Where is the Edge?

“Edge essentially is just wherever the request, and the action upon that request occurs,” said Carspecken, setting the table in capturing current thinking around edge markets in 2021. “DartPoints is looking to extend that [performance] impact even further, and place facilities and infrastructure where they currently don’t exist in ways that are easily usable for content providers and carriers.” The level of interconnection and peering that is needed to transform many of these markets requires purpose-built carrier-neutral data centers with efficient connectivity.

New demands for more content at ever-lower latencies are, in some cases, actually shifting the idea of underserved markets back into what used to be Tier One markets. This exchange highlighted one of the challenges at the edge: the borders are defined by constantly evolving performance measures that are anything but static.

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