Lightboard Video: SSDs Are Critical for Edge Computing Success

The escalating use of IoT devices, as well as the need for Cloud providers and Content Delivery Network providers to get closer to where their customers are, is driving edge computing. The goal of edge computing is to reduce latency so interaction with these services is seamless. With potentially millions of end-points sending data to these edge locations and thousands of customers receiving data from them, edge computing architects need to look at more than eliminating network bottlenecks.

Storage in edge data centers plays a key role in the overall experience and solid state drives (SSD) seems like the storage media of choice but IT professionals need to be careful not to assume that all SSDs are created equal. In this Lightboard Video, Cameron Crandall from Kingston and Storage Switzerland’s George Crump, discuss the challenges that edge data centers face, how SSDs can help them overcome those challenges and what IT professionals should look for when selecting an SSD vendor.

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George Crump is the Chief Marketing Officer at VergeIO, the leader in Ultraconverged Infrastructure. Prior to VergeIO he was Chief Product Strategist at StorONE. Before assuming roles with innovative technology vendors, George spent almost 14 years as the founder and lead analyst at Storage Switzerland. In his spare time, he continues to write blogs on Storage Switzerland to educate IT professionals on all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought-after public speaker. With over 30 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS, SAN, Virtualization, Cloud, and Enterprise Flash. Before founding Storage Switzerland, he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators, where he was in charge of technology testing, integration, and product selection.

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