Article: Edge Infrastructure: A Modern, Flexible Framework

Cloud, Data

Edge Infrastructure: A Modern, Flexible Framework

IT leaders have no shortage of priorities to balance as they position their organizations for resiliency and growth. And one of the hotspots for growth and transformation is the Edge.

For IT, the term “infrastructure” evokes images of rows of server racks, cables, blinking lights, and cold rooms. Today, Edge Computing is changing the way we think about infrastructure. Edge computing takes workloads out of the data center and moves them into the field —  to the edge — along with all the compute, storage, networking, devices, and other typical infrastructure components.

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Article: Edge Computing: Moving the Future of Manufacturing

Cloud, Data, Innovation

Edge Computing: Moving the Future of Manufacturing

Edge computing gives manufacturers flexible choices about how data is processed, eliminating time lags, reducing bandwidth usage, and choosing which data can be discarded immediately after processing, Xie says. “Manufacturers can quickly process data at the edge if sending data to the cloud is the bottleneck, and move specific data to the cloud if latency and bandwidth are not an issue.” Where to use the data Processing close together not only saves bandwidth and costs, but also makes the data more secure because it is processed immediately.

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Article: What Is Dark Fiber, and Can It Make Your Broadband Faster?

Dark Fiber

What Is Dark Fiber, and Can It Make Your Broadband Faster?

Dark fiber is when a fiber-optic connection isn’t being put to use. It’s called “dark fiber” because fiber-optic connections carry light signals to and from their destination.

As such, dark fiber doesn’t have any light signals going through it, making it dark. This is the opposite of “lit fiber,” when a fiber-optic cable is in use.

Dark fiber goes a little further than just “fiber that isn’t being used,” however. For example, if everyone on your neighborhood’s fiber-optic network stopped using the internet all at once, it doesn’t become a dark fiber network.

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