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International Data Center Day Blog Series: 15 Edge Use Cases for Today’s Businesses

Posted by Gregg Primm

To recognize International Data Center Day, RF Code will is authoring three blogs looking at the proliferation of Edge Data Centers.  RF Code commends the 7X24 Exchange International for creating this day to create awareness of the data center industry and to inspire the next generation of talent.


The market is moving towards the edge. This type of decentralized computing and it’s a large opportunity for enterprises that leverage edge computing effectively. According to Gartner, within the next four years 75% of data generated by enterprises will be processed at the edge, up from just 10% today; and Intel predicts more than 200 billion devices will be connected by 2020 ((Paper SAS645-2017 Real-time Analytics at the Edge: Identifying Abnormal Equipment Behavior and Filtering Data near the Edge for Internet of Things Applications Ryan Gillespie and Saurabh Gupta, SAS Institute Inc.).

Where are you on the journey? The edge brings value when your business needs to:

Industrial

  1. Monitor and optimize operations of manufacturing equipment
  2. Identify equipment maintenance issues
  3. Track environmental conditions for perishable products throughout shipping
  4. Monitor temperature and humidity in specialized spaces, like data centers or laboratories

Retail and Financial

  1. Enable high speed real-time financial trades
  2. Track data and flag unusual financial transactions
  3. Provide ATMs and bank kiosks with more features based on real-time consumer data
  4. Process retail in-store data to analyze and predict purchase patterns and plan inventory

Customer Service

  1. Deliver content that requires low latency, like gaming or video or voice recognition, to end users
  2. Offer promotions to customers’ smartphones in-store or nearby
  3. Target advertising on digital signage in-sore
  4. Decrease transaction time at retail point of sale

Healthcare

  1. Provide electronic healthcare and telemedicine to rural and underserved communities
  2. Track patient health with wearable devices like cardiac monitors
  3. Conduct robot assisted surgery