colocation & outsourcing CLOSER TO THE EDGE As enterprises demand faster access to applications and ever more processing power, Daniel Beazer of Cogeco Peer 1 discusses the range of benefits of storing data in an edge data centre. T he physical nature of Internet infrastructure is changing. The explosion of the cloud, the arrival of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the sheer amount of data we send and stream over the Internet has created the need to move the Internet’s ‘edge’ closer to where the users are. 16 The most recent figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the Internet was accessed every day, or almost every day, by 78 per cent of adults (39.3 million) in Great Britain in 2015, compared with 35 per cent (16.2 million) in 2006, when directly comparable records began. This is putting huge strain on Internet infrastructure and, as a result, has led to the rise of the edge data centre. An ‘edge data centre’ is a facility located away from the big metropolitan hubs, like Silicon Valley, New York or London, that brings together content providers and major networks, extending the ‘edge’ of the web.