Network congestion has become a top concern for network operators, telcos, service providers and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs). According to Cisco, the problem is only going to get worse over the next three years, as the company predicts global IP traffic will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 22 percent through 2020, when it will reach 2.3 zettabytes.
To overcome this challenge, many organizations are pushing data to the edge of the network by utilizing distributed edge infrastructure located near key markets. Edge infrastructure eliminates long haul data transmissions, thereby reducing congestion and latency.
Just recently, EdgeConneX® released a new white paper titled “Making the Case for Edge Data Centers,” which documents the benefits of its Edge Data Centers® (EDC) as a means to combat the negative effects of rising internet traffic and congestion.
The whitepaper was prepared by Alan Breznick, a contributing analyst for Heavy Reading. In the whitepaper, Breznick examines the latest trends in the video and broadband space, and the implications for cable operators and other communications service providers (CSPs).
Specifically, the paper focuses on using localized EDCs to deliver bandwidth-intensive content and latency-sensitive applications closer to end-users for transport cost savings and an improved customer experience. EDCs allow large CSPs, newer edge providers and legacy content providers to offload bandwidth-intensive content, applications and services to local ISPs in the market.
By taking this approach, providers can cache content in local data centers until it is ready to be accessed. This enables fast, simple and reliable content delivery to customers, while eliminating traffic bottlenecks and Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) problems.
“At EdgeConneX, our goal is to enhance the end-user experience of consumers that reside outside of Tier 1 markets,” stated Clint Heiden, chief commercial officer, EdgeConneX. “By deploying our Edge Data Centers in Tier 2 and 3 markets at the edge of the network closer to end-users, we are enabling a new distribution model that not only results in high-quality consumption, but makes the delivery of bandwidth-intensive content and services faster, easier and more affordable for all providers.”
To download the white paper, click here.