There is always a bottleneck in computing. It may be the network used for moving data around. It may be the speed of access to data on storage. It may even be the processing capability itself. At any point in time one or the other of these important components may be the bottleneck preventing you from getting the most benefit from your data. In addition to the performance of these various components, the price of using these components can also be an important factor.
In the case of modern and future digital storage, balancing the need for quick access and processing of data is driving the need for core data center (cloud) resources, such as storage and memory, as well as resources at the edge of these networks. We recently had a chance to chat with a co-location edge service provider, ClearSky, to get some information on storage at the edge of networks. The diagram below shows ClearSky’s service architecture.