In June, Ficolo held an in-depth presentation on the edge data center opportunity at Datacloud Europe in Monaco, one of the most important Cloud and data center industry events in the region. IT infrastructure professionals and thought leaders from over 160 countries gathered at the event to share their opinions on the industry topics and future developments. Ficolo’s CEO, Seppo Ihalainen, took the opportunity to share the opportunities that are presented by the recent data center industry trend of moving into a more complex edge data center ecosystem.
The increase of data and requirement for better customer experience are the driving forces behind the edge data center system. Locating the data center closer to end users to minimize the distance that the data has to travel, offers a better, smoother user-experience that enhances practically any type of application or service. The data growth is fueled by increased mobility and devices that are connected to each other through the internet of things. Once the 5G connection gets more widespread, the data growth will ramp up even more.
The edge is the point where the provided service and its consumption meet. Closer that meeting point is, the better the interaction works. The closest point in the Edge data center ecosystem is the local edge. It is data center that is closest to the end user and the place where the data is consumed. Further away from the local edge is the regional edge that has larger computing power and storage for the data. The Furthest point in the ecosystem is the centralized cloud, a center that has massive computing and storage capacity. The more complex data center ecosystem lowers the latency and provides a superior customer experience by locating local edge data centers where the data is consumed instead of utilizing one massive data center that is further from the end users.
Other market trends that will drive colocation data center revenue in the coming years are cloud on-ramps and scaled SDN fabrics. Cloud on-ramp means that a public cloud provider, like AWS or Microsoft Azure, places their public cloud hardware inside a multi-tenant colocation center. This will enable the other tenants in the center to access the public cloud directly in the same data center, decreasing bottlenecks and engineering issues. SDN fabrics in turn enable dynamic, real-time connectivity services between major carrier-neutral colocation centers, allowing connecting IT infrastructure through internet routing tables.
Ficolo’s upcoming data center will be located in Helsinki region and have a capacity of 15-35MW. The center will be in operation in 2019 and because of its scalability, has the potential to become the biggest colocation data center in Finland. With the Helsinki data center, Ficolo can deliver better service for Asian customers who are looking for Regional edge data center in Europe and customers who are already established in Europe and need a local Nordic edge data center.
The center will offer its tenants energy efficient and environmentally friendly service as it will make use of only renewable energy sources and the waste heat will be recovered for repurposing. The center will have an active fire protection and advanced DCI and cloud delivery solutions.
The edge data center market continues to evolve and the potential marketplace expands significantly with Finland as a great location for edge data centers. Ficolo’s new Helsinki data center is also a major step in increasing the data center capacity of Helsinki and evolving it into one of the European data center hubs.