Mobile Edge Computing Creates ‘Tiny Data Centers’ at the Edge

Comments on the article from DartPoints CEO Hugh Carspecken:

“The key that we are seeing here, now, is the vast amount of data that is
being “produced” at the edge. We have been comfortable with this, since
the smartphone. The key shift, here, is the vast amount of data that
will need to be “processed” at the edge. DartPoints is working with MEC
to create interconnected environments to allow their platforms to grow.”

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The Future of the Edge is Edge Data

Comments on the article from DartPoints CEO Hugh Carspecken:

“DartPoints is seeing more and more users placing their data at the edge, for their particular, corporate needs. They are doing so for performance reasons or security reasons or both. What is interesting is that this growing presence of Edge Data is quickly evolving and being adopted into exactly the real-time apps that will birth technology of tomorrow, such as self-driving cars.”

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70% of Respondents Said They Plan on Deploying CORD in the CO

Comments on the article from DartPoints CEO Hugh Carspecken:

“I find the premise that access (to the customer) lines that feed into Central Offices represent the next-hop to a micro cloud node very interesting. Though a potential logistical challenge for carriers, their customers need (downstream AND upstream) for better performance is clearly driving this thought process.”

Read more about the survey here.

Bringing the Cloud to a Business Near You

Posted by Prayson Pate on March 17, 2016

We just announced the use of Ensemble Orchestrator and Connector in DartPoints’ micro data center deployments. This deployment is generating a lot of interest because it’s a bold use of network functions virtualization (NFV) for service delivery. While everyone’s talking about NFV and service innovation, DartPoints is deploying it. The DartPoints use case is really interesting, so let me tell you a little bit about it.

DartPoints is deploying micro data centers that are co-located with their customers. DartPoints’ customers are typically small- to medium-sized businesses that are looking for cost-effective ways to create data centers that can be customized for their particular business needs. By co-locating with DartPoints, a business gets exactly what it needs at a fraction of the cost of developing a data center on its own. Why is co-location so valuable for customers? Why is NFV important for this application – and why is the micro data center application important for NFV? To answer those questions, let’s take a look at how things were done before.

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New Breed of Carrier Chooses ADVA Ensemble* for Intel-Powered NFV Solutions

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DartPoints* is a data center innovator, having pioneered micro data centers aimed at small and medium businesses that need a highly convenient data center that offers tier-1 services. After a successful company launch, DartPoints turned to Intel® Network Builders partner ADVA Optical Networking* for a turnkey network functions virtualization (NFV) solution to help scale its business nationwide and expand the service offerings.

To offer its customers the best performance at the most competitive prices, DartPoints has created the industry’s first “NFV-enabled micro data center,” an innovative concept that places data center and colocation (colo) facilities in the same building where its customers are located. Colocating private cloud services improves scale and management of individual cloud instances, while enabling low latency, high-bandwidth, and secure connectivity without crossconnects— all of which are key differentiators of DartPoints’ micro data centers. But the micro data center offers the same computing, data recovery, and other services as millionsquare- foot, tier-1 competitors with equivalent service levels and reliability, including complete compliance and security and carrier-neutral access to Internet or WAN services.
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ADVA and DartPoints Define a Realistic Model for Distributed NFV Data Centers

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When ADVA bought Overture Networks, one of the six companies who I believe has a full-spectrum NFV solution that can make a business case, I was critical of the fact that they seemed to be positioning Overture as a limited extension to the carrier Ethernet business. Now they’ve made their positioning clearer with an announcement that DartPoints, a supplier of on-premises micro-datacenters, has selected the ADVA Ensemble NFV products as a key element in their service plans. This goes a long way toward establishing ADVA’s commitment to NFV, and it makes an important point about NFV too.

One of the most difficult challenges that NFV, in its vCPE guise, faces is getting out of the CPE edge device and into the cloud. The business case for deploying agile CPE is only slightly related to that of NFV, and the technology for NFV is overkill if all your VNFs are going to do is squat in the customer edge device and wait to be changed around. NFV technology is valuable when VNFs have to be more spread around.
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DartPoints Deploys ADVA Ensemble for Pure-Play NFV

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ADVA Optical Networking’s High-Performance Virtualization Solution Creates New Revenue Streams

ADVA Optical Networking today announced that DartPoints is deploying the ADVA Ensemble solution to transform its data center services and generate new revenue opportunities. Dallas-based DartPoints, a leading provider of customized data center solutions, is utilizing the pure-play network functions virtualization (NFV) technology for several new business cases. The ADVA Ensemble product suite will be used to support multi-vendor virtual network functions (VNFs) that can be managed either by DartPoints or by the customer. It will also enable multi-tenancy VNFs. The first of these to be rolled out will be virtual firewalls and routers managed by DartPoints.
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DartPoints CEO Answers The Question: What’s Driving The North Texas Data Center Boom?

This article was originally posted on The Dallas Business Journal. Read it here.

With the city’s booming technology sector, data is keeping the D in Dallas.

The area hosts at least 56 data centers, almost half of all facilities in Texas, according to Data Center Map, a website that has cataloged 2,500 facilities in 90 countries. That figure is also larger than the number of centers in Houston, Austin and San Antonio combined.

Aside from the already-established facilities, additional sites are underway, including QTS’ mega data center on 40 acres in Irving. After completion, it will be one of three mega centers QTS owns in the United States.
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Micro Data Centers: An Innovative Case of Data Center Design and Operations

*Originally posted on Schneider Electric’s blog. Image used courtesy of Schneider Electric. View the original post here.

The most dangerous phrase in our industry is, “we’ve always done it this way,” and as such, we make it our initiative at Schneider Electric to expel the culture of convention from everything we do. Realizing this, and with the need to balance control and flexibility, DartPoints embraced a partnership with Schneider Electric that allows them to have both. They call their unique category of forward-thinking colocation data centers and services the DartPoints Private Colo™.

Colocation Micro Data Centers

“We’re building micro data centers that are built in 100kW chunks so we can expand and contract with customer demand,” DartPoints CEO, Hugh Carspecken explains.
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Why Your Community Needs A Data Center And How To Attract One

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The recent explosive growth in demand for data storage, cloud computing and big data is matched only by the surge in demand for data centers; all of which is outpacing the industry’s rate of expansion. New colocation & cloud providers are emerging everywhere and industry veterans are expanding like mad to capitalize on the market, which Gartner forecasts will grow 4% to $156 billion in 2014. (Source: 2013 However, even as the demand rises, competition and perceived value are driving down rates across the industry.

Tightening margins and growing demand have companies in the data center space focused on developing unique offerings and competitive advantages to differentiate them from their competitors. Core values like accessibility, supply of redundant power and use of green/clean energy have always been important selling points to colocation and cloud providers in the past. However, demand for services, economic incentives, and a friendly political environment are emerging as the leading criteria for site selection today.
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