20 Feb 2019

Keeping Your Edge: The Benefits of Distributed Infrastructure and IoT

Ask any data center professional what the biggest trends are in the industry and their answer will certainly include two words: the edge. Behind the scenes of this massive push for edge computing is the Internet of Things, a network of devices and sensors spanning a multitude of items, including everything from cars to washing machines. In fact, forecasts currently note that in just five years the number of connected devices will rise to an astounding total of 25 billion with 50 billion installed or embedded sensors. Additionally, statistics show a predicted increase in edge computing market revenues from 1.47 billion U.S. dollars in 2017 to 6.72 billion by the year 2022.

While individual definitions of the edge may differ depending on the source, the edge is generally recognized as a computing architecture where computation is performed on distributed device nodes, where the data is being generated, instead of in a centralized data center environment. It’s true that many of today’s software applications build the software layer either in major data centers or public clouds, however, they still need to control the path of the packet so it can be delivered as close to the consumer as possible. This is why some businesses may adopt a hybrid model. Why the widespread and fervent adoption of the edge, though?

Widespread adoption of the edge

In essence, the edge enables data, applications, information processing, and computing power to move out of denser urban data center hubs like Silicon Valley or Northern Virginia and into secondary and underserved tertiary markets. While popular data center sites aren’t going anywhere any time soon, and in fact are often critical players in hosting the service layer for IoT, developers are focusing efforts on remaining closer to the end user. This promotes a host of operational and service benefits. Some of the most notable benefits are a boost in network performance and a critical reduction in latency. Looking at the numbers and the benefits, IoT and the edge promise to be the biggest revolution in the topography and function of the data center industry in the decades to come.

Migrating to the edge

To help clients fully express the benefits of the edge and in turn allow the end-user to benefit from edge computing, MOD Mission Critical makes flexibility a priority, ensuring businesses have what they need wherever they are. As needs for colocation and cloud services grow from the edge trend, international Managed Service Provider (MSP) MOD takes a truly customer-centric approach with specialized, customized, boutique-level services to allow for flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness when provisioning any service a client may need.

When migrating to the edge, MOD knows that the needs of businesses will undoubtedly include a few things: high bandwidth connectivity, a private network fabric, software-defined networking, connectivity to cloud providers and local support.

Bandwidth

To start, edge computing workloads are notoriously demanding with intense throughput of data. As such, data centers need high-bandwidth, around 100Gbps, the likes of which often cannot be achieved on business premises. Enterprises will also need a private network fabric with global reach, allowing for private connectivity from every data center to multiple Internet Exchanges to provide a multitude of connectivity options to hundreds of providers to ease this bandwidth strain.

SD-WAN

Along the same lines, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) will be highly beneficial for the edge. With so many applications and devices operating at the edge, a centrally-managed network will prove necessary. Here, MOD’s network monitoring becomes highly valuable, helping businesses to have visibility across the entire network to fix bottlenecks and address bandwidth-related issues. All of this will enable access to services and capabilities at a speed that matches that of today’s digital world.

Connectivity

Cloud provider connectivity is the next necessity for multi-tenant data centers. As edge computing and cloud computing go hand-in-hand, having direct, private connections to all major cloud providers and support of both hybrid and multi-cloud configurations will allow businesses to accommodate the storage and processing needs at the edge.

Local Support

Finally, local support is key. While juggling all these balls in the air, it helps to have reliable professionals at your side every step of the way to procure and manage all your best-in-breed services. MOD’s full set of managed services, including dedicated and virtual hosting, managed colocation and managed hardware, reduce the pressure to find and develop your own networking experts.

Any major change to business operations is daunting, but MOD is here to help. MOD’s services take the laundry list of edge requirements and work to alleviate the burden, empowering businesses to leverage the edge with high-capacity, private and expertly managed connectivity with global reach to as many Internet Exchanges and providers as possible. MOD provides solutions that seamlessly operate at the levels of speed and agility that customers need, with Colo by the ‘U’ services ensuring that businesses can achieve flexible, scalable and cost-effective solutions for growing cloud and colocation demands. Additionally, customers employing MOD’s services can take full advantage of strategically located data centers throughout underserved markets in the U.S. and Canada and a growing list of points of presence (PoPs). Just give us a call or send us a message!

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09 Jan 2019

Trends and Transformations: What the Future of the Digital Economy Holds for Data Centers

As the digital universe transforms, the number of devices and applications to support is growing exponentially. The Digital Economy currently boasts impressive revenue projections of 174 billion by 2023. However, with this growth comes a host of connectivity needs, data storage demands and computing requirements. As digital transformation reshapes how we approach and manage our data, the data center, and how we choose to adapt it to the industry’s new demands, will be key to success. The macro-level forecast for 2019’s digital trends focuses on a few key ideas for the data center, with the two most promising solutions lying in the cloud and the distributed edge. On the smaller-scale, these changes are sure to make some waves in key markets.

Adoption of the Hybrid Cloud

One notable trend forming for the year ahead is the continued evolution of cloud adoption, with the most common iteration taking the form of a hybrid cloud. It’s no secret that moving systems and workloads to the cloud provides a secure and automated environment, bolstering efficiency and productivity. While the mass migration to the cloud is nothing new, companies have been realizing that utilizing solely a public or private cloud may not always be the most efficient both from a cost and security perspective. This has led to businesses adopting a mix of cloud services and providers, employing networking, security or storage options from connected cloud providers like Amazon or Alibaba, both of which are creating more private cloud options as well. With this method, businesses can develop a more seamless cloud strategy specifically to suit their individual needs, optimizing functionality and maximizing agility while prioritizing choice and growth potential.

The Emergence of Distributed Infrastructure

At the edge, another digital transformation is taking place to provide solutions for managing and enabling a growing number of connected devices, the data that flows through them and the necessity of time-critical processing. Now more than ever, the end user is paramount and the focus is on processing data faster and in more locations. Distributed infrastructure is emerging as the latest and greatest solution for facilitating this type of digital transformation. Moving data facilities to the edge, and therefore closer to the end user, enables a host of benefits including real-time processing of data and analytics with far lower latency, meaning a better experience for consumers. The distributed edge effectively allows for a more capable and efficient data network, meaning the industry can fully accommodate sky-high demands and foster innovative digital progress.

MOD Mission Critical’s Role in Digital Economy

These changes to the structure of data center operations and distribution in the face of digital transformation mean that smaller markets, and the businesses and end-users they contain, will be seeing a lot of movement in the future. MOD Mission Critical is no stranger to growing business and end-user needs, especially when it comes to the future of the cloud and the edge. In fact, the international Managed Service Provider (MSP) is already poised to facilitate a multitude of changes that may come to businesses as their digital needs change.

MOD’s Colo by the ‘U’ services ensure that businesses can achieve flexible, scalable and cost-effective solutions for growing cloud and colocation demands. These services are shared with data centers in underserved markets throughout the U.S. and Canada, including new locations in Seattle and Austin. Ensuring Points of Presence (PoPs) in a growing number of locations and extending service to the places businesses need to enable continued growth and capability at the edge. Whether it’s a move to the cloud or a new presence in a strategic location on the distributed edge, MOD offers trusted expertise to empower businesses in the evolving digital economy.

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19 Dec 2018

This Holiday Season, We’re Making it Even Easier to Stay Connected

During this festive time of year, MOD Mission Critical wants to be closer to the people we appreciate most – our customers. As an international Managed Services Provider (MSP) specializing in colocation and IP service solutions, it’s critical that we stay close to where our customers are and where they need to be.

That’s why we’re celebrating the fact that our global footprint and Points of Presence (PoPs) has grown, expanding our range of data center services (Managed Colocation, Colocation Procurement), network services (WAN Transformation, IP Transit, Transport Services) and managed services (Dedicated Hosting, Virtual Hosting, Managed Proxy, Global IPv4, Network Monitoring, Managed Hardware) to new cities closer to you. We’ve added two new strategic locations (Seattle and Austin) to our family of PoPs this year. Be sure to check out our full list of points of presence to see the entire lineup, which includes Rome, Amsterdam, Tampa, Shanghai and beyond.

Adding these new locations in key markets in Austin, TX and Seattle, WA, we ensure that we continue to broaden our coverage. As the industry moves more towards distributed infrastructure, providing colocation options that are flexible, scalable, and cost-effective is even more important. We are dedicated to delivering these services that will go the extra mile and deliver value to our customers.

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