As more and more content is accessed on mobile devices, there is more and more strain placed on “edge networks”. It’s becoming increasingly more difficult for these edge locations to keep up with demand, sending data to and from far-flung data centers and cloud providers. There’s been some talk of creating micro data centers at cell tower sites to help support this load.
Data centers are often thought of as large, sprawling complexes that can’t be missed; and that’s an accurate description for many of them. But there are also the smaller, forgotten data centers that are located within an enterprises’ own facility. They may not go by the name “data center”. They might be the “tech closet” or “IT department”, but when it comes right down to it, they’re data centers.
There’s been a lot of focus on the damage California’s recent wildfires have done to the region’s winemakers, but an equally as hard-hit industry are the marijuana growers. The fires could not have hit at a worse time – October is harvest time and recreational sales in California are set to being in January 2018. Many cannabis farmers are now facing an uncertain future, but are doing what they can to save their crops.
After the hurricanes the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. has seen this year, there’s been a lot of talk about stabilizing and improving the power grid to contend with major events. One idea is that of microgrids, which are used throughout Alaska and in other states to power business, industries, and communities, some of which are extremely remote and difficult to connect to the main power grid.