EdgeInfra: Fostering network collaboration

| July 18, 2019

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Cara Mascini, former CMO of AMS-IX, believes the successful business model for the densified networks of the future will depend on collaboration and openness. Small data centres will help reduce traffic load on networks as data volumes increase and help to reduce the need for investment in more and more capacity, says Mascini. They “will enable the localisation of compute, storage, networking and interconnection”, she says. “They will enable parties to localise their applications and their workloads and keep data in the area where it is relevant.” Mascini is co-founder and CEO of EdgeInfra, an Amsterdam-based company that is investing in multi-tenanted edge infrastructure. She spent 10 years as chief marketing officer at AMS-IX, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange. Job Witteman, the other co-founder of EdgeInfra, was previously founder and CEO of the AMS-IX company. Edge data centres do not replace regional or core data centres in any way, says Mascini. “They are an additional uniquely local layer in the communications infrastructure. Edge data centres will be in places where no current data centres or interconnection exists. Regional or core data-centre players are business partners for edge data centre players and vice versa. The offers are complementary.

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