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Bridging the Digital Divide
Bright is a town of 2,000 people located three and a half hours north of Melbourne and is serviced by a single cell tower, which means the town is not officially considered a connectivity blackspot, as its tower provides sufficient coverage for its residents.
However, Bright’s status as a popular base for exploring the peaks of Mount Buffalo National Park and Alpine National Park as well as Mount Hotham, a popular ski resort, means that, on weekends and holidays, its population can swell by 15,000 overnight.
This added strain on the area’s single cell tower leads to frequent outages and subpar service, and has resulted in risks to public safety, as well as internet outages during peak business hours, which disables point of sale terminals throughout the town and harms local businesses.
Partnering with Albury City Council and local carrier Bendigo Telecom, Edge Centres is providing free reliable internet access to Bright’s residents, visitors, and businesses along the town’s main street — the heart of its commercial district.
Edge Centres has also worked with local businesses to create a dedicated connection point for local businesses to run their payment terminals without relying on an unreliable 3G connection.
Making fast, stable internet connectivity freely available to the town of Bright, Edge Centres is creating a better customer experience and a safer town for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Around the world, the digital divide remains a huge issue — one that disproportionately affects rural, minority, and lower income demographics — that needs to be addressed. By leveraging small and self-sufficient, but highly connected edge data centres in remote, rural, and underserved areas, the Edge could be a big part of the solution to a problem that’s only growing more severe as the physical world becomes more and more entwined with the digital one.
Supporting the Cutting Edge of Digital Art and Design
Home to a booming ecosystem of game developers, special effects artists, and digital content creators, Chiang Mai is poised to become the heart of digitally-driven creativity in Southeast Asia.
However, video rendering and effects design are highly compute-intensive activities. Because Chiang Mai is located a full nine hours away — and virtually all of Thailand outside of Bangkok is underserved in terms of data centres and digital connectivity infrastructure — developers in Chiang Mai often need to maintain a permanent point of presence in Bangkok. This is inefficient, expensive, and is holding the growth of the Chiang Mai ecosystem back.
By installing one of its Edge Pod sites in Chiang Mai — with direct fibre routes to cloud onramps in Bangkok — Edge Centres is bringing the power of the edge to the underserved north of Thailand. Visual effects creators, game developers, and digital artists now have access to ultra-low latency, high-capacity compute power at the edge, where they need it. Bringing the Edge to Chiang Mai is a key element of the future of the city’s local game development and visual effects industries.
Ho Chi Minh City
Building the Next Generation
The growing edge is part of a wider trend of ongoing growth in the data centre industry, which is also intersecting with an increasingly dire global skills shortage.
The new digital economy is the forefront of Vietnam's new growth strategy, with the country’s growth strategy expected to create massive waves of digitalisation throughout the public and private sectors over the coming decade. Alongside increased digitalisation, international data centre operators and hyperscalers will enter the market en masse. Within the next few years, Vietnam will see a huge uptick in demand for a skilled data centre workforce. Right now, there's nowhere in the country to train people to work in data centres.
Edge Centres is partnering with Vietnam National University to install an edge data centre on its campus. We gain one of the few access points to all four Vietnamese telecom carriers, and the university not only receives a data centre that operates and provides services to the university, but the site is also being used as the foundation for a whole new syllabus course that helps train students in data centres, networking, solar, battery technology, and more.
The future of the Edge is only as bright as the people who will build it; cultivating talent is every bit as important as bricks, mortar, and metal.
Infinite Applications; Standardised Technology
Edge Centres is creating a global footprint of innovative, sustainable, reliable, and modular edge data centre facilities that can be built to suit any terrain and produce more electricity than they use.
- Available power: 200KVA
- IT load capacity: 150KW
- Minimum N+1 redundancy
- N+1 Hybrid-cooling DX units
- Server heat load approximately 1,400 W/m2
- N+1 Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) units per data centre room
- Industry standard site security
- Remote monitoring
- News and weather monitoring for external security risks
- Solar, free cooling, and custom sun shielding where viable
- PUE target is 1.1 at peak load
- Average cold aisle temperature of 22±2 degrees; average cold aisle relative humidity of 50% ± 15%