Digital Transformation (DX) has resulted in an increase in the data volume generated by the organizations. Huge expansion of data can be seen across a wide range of industry verticals, including healthcare, biotech, energy, IoT (Internet of Things), automotive, telecom, consumer electronics, manufacturing, gaming, entertainment, space exploration, cyber-security and more.
This has led to an increase in the data storage requirements and hence, there’s an increasing pressure that the data centers must evolve to accommodate the demands of the new-world organizations.
Now, when the industries evolve, there are a number of new industry specific terms that are coined and become a part of day to day industry terminology. One such term that has been heard lately a lot in the datacenter industry is ‘digital core’ and another is ‘edge computing’.
Chris Skinner – Co-founder, Financial Services Club, wrote in his blog that without digital core the banks will fail. A digital core is, in essence, the removal of all bank data into a single structured system in the cloud. The data is cleansed, integrated and provides a single, consistent view of the customer as a result.
By spreading the data across several points in cloud, the risk of data failure can be reduced.
Digital core can also be understood as an integrated system that empowers organizations with real-time visibility into the business processes revolving around customers, suppliers, big data, IoT and workforce, that enables key decision makers to take informed decisions and make better strategies for their organization’s future in the digital economy.
Edge computing, on the other hand, is defined by Wikipedia as a method of optimizing cloud computing systems by performing data processing at the edge of the network, near the source of the data. This reduces the communications bandwidth needed between sensors and the central data center by performing analytics and knowledge generation at or near the source of the data.
Edge computing is proliferating due to mobile computing, IoT and the decreasing costs of components of computer. The focus is on processing user data at the network periphery closest to the originated source. Edge data centers can help in decreasing network latency due to its proximity to the user, but there are certain challenges associated with moving data to and from the network edge, data protection policies and data backup. But, data acceleration solutions address these issues effectively.
The digital future requires data centers of the future to adapt to a wide array of new technologies. So, the data centers of the future would be those who adapt and evolve to accommodate the huge variety of data, and cater to the dynamic customers’ needs. Whether they use digital core or edge computing or any other advanced technology, that’s inconsequential.