Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller.

Life at the edge is getting busy. A team of data center veterans this week launched EdgeMicro, a startup planning to deploy factory-built data centers at cell tower sites across the country. EdgeMicro is the latest in a series of ventures targeting the market for edge computing, and plans to roll out 500 facilities over the next four years.

Edge computing moves content closer to users, improving the experience for streaming video and gaming. It’s been a hot trend in 2017, as the emergence of the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence (AI) reinforce the need for data centers in new places.

Meanwhile, the coming of 5G wireless has carriers scrambling to deploy new capacity closer to users.

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