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KINETIC EDGE: THE FOUNDATION FOR THE NEXT-GENERATION INTERNET

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THE KINETIC EDGE IS HERE
Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge is a new kind of infrastructure architecture that uses software and high-speed connectivity to combine multiple micro data center facilities into a single logical data center. For developers and operators, it presents a geographically-dispersed collection of micro data centers as a single virtual facility with multiple availability zones.

Nationwide network

The Kinetic Edge is a nationwide network of edge data centers, tightly integrated into the wireless network for the lowest possible latency.

Purpose-built technology

Instead of repurposing old technologies, the Kinetic Edge relies on technology built from the ground up for edge. Build your success on a cutting-edge foundation.

Remote operation

Kinetic Edge sites are designed to be operated remotely, drastically lowering the time, cost and effort required to keep them running smoothly 24/7, 365.

Flexible and performant

The Kinetic Edge enables high-performance multi tenancy, custom topologies and interconnection with carriers, network partners and other data centers.
The Fastest Growing Edge
With deployment plans for the top ten US markets by the end of 2019 and the top 20 markets by 2020, Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge is the fastest and most cost-efficient way to build out your edge strategy. Whether you are a wireless operator looking to locate your C-RAN and NFV equipment or a cloud provider looking to offer IoT or edge VMs, the Kinetic Edge delivers.
How the Kinetic Edge Works
The core concept of the Kinetic Edge is to take the power and resources of the centralized cloud, but position them within 10 to 20 Km of its end users. Vapor IO achieves this using infrastructure edge computing, where micro data centers are positioned on the operator side of the last mile network. These data centers provide enough resources in a local area to have the flexibility and power of the cloud, with the locality and low latency of the edge.
A Single Kinetic Edge Site
Consider a single Kinetic Edge site in an area. In the diagram, the blue circle indicates the geographical area the site is designed to support. Users within this area can expect to see significant performance improvements when using an application, and the application provider can greatly reduce their operating cost by removing the need to transport large volumes of data across expensive long-distance network connectivity to a remote centralized data center.
Two Kinetic Edge Sites

By adding a second Kinetic Edge site, the power and reliability of the system is greatly increased. Adding a second Kinetic Edge site and interconnecting it to the first with high-speed fiber provides the reliability of a tier 2 data center. The power supply for each site can also be diversified, protecting against electrical outages.

Applications and workloads can be built to incorporate site-to-site migration and failover, significantly enhancing application-level resiliency.

Three or More Kinetic Edge Sites

The power, redundancy and flexibility of the Kinetic Edge continues to grow as more Kinetic Edge sites are deployed in an area. With three or more Kinetic Edge sites, not only does the redundancy of the Kinetic Edge continue to grow, but so do the number of availability zones and the power of the edge computing resources in the area.

With only six Kinetic Edge sites in a metropolitan, the Kinetic Edge makes it possible to exceed the level of reliability of a tier 4 data center, providing twelve nines of reliability (99.9999999999% uptime) which far exceeds what traditional centralized data centers can provide. With critical applications emerging at the edge, such as autonomous driving, this level of reliability isn’t optional; it’s required to keep mission-critical applications operating safely.

ADVANTAGES OF KINETIC EDGE

Vapor Chambers and Vapor Edge Modules

The Vapor Chamber and Vapor Edge Module are micro data centers which were custom-designed and purpose-built by Vapor IO, deployed at the wireless edge to operate your application at low latency for performance and low cost.

High-speed redundant fiber connectivity

Using new and existing fiber, Kinetic Edge sites are interconnected in a highly redundant topology to ensure unparalleled reliability, even during a failure.

Vapor Edge Controllers and software

Each Kinetic Edge micro data center contains a Vapor Edge Controller, which coordinates advanced on-site software to enable efficient, secure operation. Developers also use Vapor Edge APIs to build edge-native applications that can respond to changing local conditions in real-time, using the Kinetic Edge.

Vapor Edge Portal and remote management

The web-based Vapor Edge Portal allows you to manage and provision the Kinetic Edge as you see fit, including the creation of your own virtual private networks to keep your applications secure, and full remote management.

Kinetic Edge Specs

Optimal Topology Full Mesh
Minimum Number of Kinetic Edge Sites At least one per metropolitan area for initial services; three per metropolitan area for complete multi-master redundancy.
Maximum Number of Kinetic Edge Sites Effectively unlimited in a metropolitan area
Deployment Requirements No external air or water cooling needed
Existing electrical infrastructure in an area is typically sufficient with little or no rework
Access to high-speed fiber connectivity
Capacity per Kinetic Edge Site 150 kW of equipment per Vapor Chamber or Vapor Edge Module
Spacing Between Kinetic Edge Sites 10-20 Km spacing recommended
Optimal Kinetic Edge Site Placement At the base of cell towers or in aggregation locations, including Distributed Antenna System (DAS) hubs.
Networking High speed, high-bandwidth inter-site connectivity with software-defined VLANs.
Interconnection Physical and logical interconnection and peering via edge meet-me rooms and software defined interconnection.

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