How does 5G influence the data center infrastructure? Here, the two main trends—5G and edge computing need to be considered.
The popularity of 5G changes the way that traditional data communicates, and switches connectivity on a relatively small scale to continuous connectivity among devices everywhere. Because of its advanced advantages in boosting bandwidth and scalability, 5G technology is expected to benefit IoT and critical communication needs. The new use cases mean an exponential increase in massive data traffic, thus more efficient network systems and high-performance devices are needed to handle the huge amount of data.
Edge computing, the distributed computing framework, is gaining popularity in enterprises nowadays. The emergence of edge computing is due to the exponential growth of 5G applications such as IoT devices. It enables the data to be processed and analyzed closer to the edge—where data is created, so the data will not traverse over a network to a cloud or data center to be processed, which decreases the network latency. The rollout of edge computing pulls up the deployment of edge servers.
As the engines of data centers, servers bear the responsibility of providing processing, memory, local storage, and network connectivity to drive applications. Driven by the combination of 5G and edge computing, the need for network servers will increase and the requirement will become different from ever before.