Tackling the Challenges of the Edge


More and more businesses are adopting edge computing for increased security, consistent networking and real-time responsiveness.

According to the Gartner Research report, new business requirements and technical capabilities are driving more computing and communications applications toward the edge of the network. Edge architectures and technologies are set to be an essential component of innovative products and services.

Specifically, the Gartner report found that edge computing is being used:

  • In situations where cloud architectures deliver insufficient security and resiliency in the event of network failure, or when using technologies, such as virtual reality, where a compelling user experience demands real-time responsiveness.
  • To design new products and services to exploit endpoint, near-edge and far-edge processing to enable superior security and performance, or to reduce hardware and networking costs by offloading local processing to shared edge services.

Edge computing allows businesses to capture more data, make real-time decisions and interact directly with clients and customers. According to Gartner, around 10% of today’s enterprise data is already being produced and processed outside of centralised data centres. By 2025, this will grow to 75% or more, creating a $29 billion market. This means the pressure is on to create an alternative to the traditional method of shipping data back and forth to the data centre to be stored and processed.

The primary drivers behind edge computing are:

  • Mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) applications requiring highly available, low-latency, high-performance, secure, scalable platforms to process all of the data that’s being generated and consumed at the edge.
  • Cloud limitations.
  • New computing capabilities.


Edge computing applications have the following requirements:

  • Fast, reliable, searchable local storage in a flexible database
  • Privacy and security
  • High-performance, low-latency operations
  • Highly efficient data exchanges
  • High availability
  • Automated failure detection and remediation
  • Automated system monitoring and auditing
  • Low cost

Zella DC and Edge Computing

Zella DC micro data centres are the perfect solution to the edge challenges, offering:

  • Small, compact, localised storage
  • Cyber and physical security
  • Minimal risk of human error
  • Energy and noise efficiency
  • Self-learning and autonomy
  • Data sovereignty
  • Scalability
  • Local storage = fast processing

A Zella DC micro data centre is a stand-alone housing unit that replicates all of the cooling, security, power and monitoring capabilities of a traditional data centre on a much smaller, lower-cost scale, making it ideal for edge requirements. It miniaturises the data centre into the size of an average refrigerator, offering its own cooling and power capabilities, significantly reducing operational and energy costs by 30-60%, and the on-premise IT footprint. Moreover, it allows for portability and can be moved from location to location and expanded to a set of “modular’’ data centres as business grows.

Zella DC micro data centres offer both physical and cyber protection for your edge computing.

Each Zella DC is robust, secure, with cooling systems that minimise energy cost while giving customers flexibility of size and sophistication. All boxes are monitored for performance 24/7/365 even when there is no network available.

Get in touch if you'd like to find out how we keep your data safe and secure.


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