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Edge Data Centers

Addressing a Future at the Edge

To meet the needs of new high-bandwidth, low-latency applications, data needs to be hosted close to users and network functionality performed in milliseconds versus having data processed and stored in centralized data centers located sometimes many cities away from its source. 

The solution lies in edge computing that brings IT and cloud-based services closer to end users and devices. However, edge data centers are unique and industry-driven edge data center standards are critical to the success of these localized computing spaces. That’s where TIA’s Edge Data Center Working Group comes in.

TIA’s Edge Data Center Working Group brings together carriers, data center owners, equipment and cabling suppliers, consultants, auditing firms, and others to establish best practices for edge data centers within TIA-942.

If you’re interested in lending your expertise to this effort, we want to hear from you. Please contact to get involved.

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Edge Data Center Working Group Solutions Brief Papers

Low-latency communication at the edge requires rethinking how and where data centers are built and managed. This series of Solution Brief Papers will set a framework for the future of edge data center development and industry standards. 


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Why Edge?

The global market for edge data centers is projected to triple over the next five years with 50% of enterprise-generated data expected to be created and processed outside of traditional centralized data centers. 

Edge data center standards and certification programs will be critical to ensuring cost-effective and reliable high-speed, low-latency data processing through localized computing, storage and analytics that support next-generation 5G and smart building/smart city IoT and IIoT technologies such as:

  • Self-driving vehicles, smart traffic systems 
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication
  • Enhanced e-commerce, gaming and video streaming
  • Advanced telemedicine, smart grids, remote resource monitoring and location services
Telecommunications Industry Association

The ANSI/TIA-942 Standard

Specifies the minimum requirements for telecommunications infrastructure of data centers and computer rooms, covering all aspects, including infrastructure, site location, architectural, electrical, mechanical, safety and security. The topology specified in this document is intended to be applicable to any size data center.

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