Edge Infrastructure Models . That report furthered Vertiv ’ s research into the Edge of the network and identified four Edge infrastructure models that enable a more intelligent , semi-standardised approach to Edge infrastructure deployment . The survey results are consistent with the premise of Edge Archetypes 2.0 – that massive growth at the Edge necessitates a more standardised approach to Edge architecture .
The survey also revealed the changing profile of the modern Edge site . A number ( 29 %) of sites feature between five and 20 racks and 13 % have more than 20 racks . More racks mean more power and the survey results reflect that : 28 % say their sites require between 21 and 200 kW and 14 % report power demands in excess of 200 kW . The days of single racks tucked away in rudimentary IT closets are over .
Other significant findings from the survey included :
• Sustainability is playing a major role in new and planned Edge deployments . More than threequarters of sites ( 77 %) are using or planning to use energy-efficient UPS systems . In addition , 40 % are planning to use renewable energy ; 31 % water-efficient cooling ; 29 % dynamic grid support technologies ; and 19 % refrigerants with a low global warming potential ( GWP ).
• While security and availability were top priorities of participants deploying Edge sites , the survey exposed some current design and operating practices that could reduce Edge Computing site ’ s ability to achieve these objectives as the number of sites expands . �
IN ASIA , A GOOD PERCENTAGE OF THOSE SURVEYED WERE EITHER ALREADY DEPLOYING SEVERAL EDGE LOCATIONS OR ARE PLANNING TO DEPLOY A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER .