Intelligent Edge Data Centers

Intelligent data centers built for automation and performance at the edge

Kinetic Grid facilities have highly-secure and extremely power-efficient facilities to bring colocation services to edge locations. Intelligent, remotely-operable and software-controlled, these facilities lower operational costs and enable high degrees of automation telemetry for optimal workload placement and resilience.
Purpose-Built for the Edge

Modular edge data centers

Vapor IO designs and builds its own modular data centers to provide levels of intelligence, efficiency, security and automation not available in off-the-shelf products. Designed for hyperscale densities and quiet operation, Vapor Edge Modules (VEMs) have been built specifically for continuous, lights-out, autonomous operation in remote locations. Self-contained, energy-efficient, and secure, these edge data centers are designed for quick, consistent deployments and unattended operation. No other platform delivers the same level of consistency across multiple markets.
High-Performance Edge Facilities

Designed for edge performance


Vapor Edge Modules support rack densities in the range of 10kW to 35kW, depending on configuration, allowing more equipment per square foot than other edge facilities. This allows a lot of equipment to be packed into a small space, creating better economics and more space-efficient deployments.

Flexible Configurations

Vapor Edge Modules come in a variety of size and density configurations, making it possible to adapt to site and market constraints, deploying data center capacity in large and small increments. On the high end, 180kW facilities support dozens of tenants across 10-12 racks and, on the other end of the spectrum, 20kW pedestals can accommodate two tenants in small-footprint configurations.

Uniform Deployments

We design our data centers to make it easy for our customers to deploy at scale across all markets. We maintain a small number of designs and we strive for important similarities across models. Certify once in our factory, and deploy everywhere with consistency and efficiency.

Resilient by Design

We embed a multiplicity of sensors and data capture mechanisms in our data centers, which are packaged up into time series data streams that can be queried via an API and analyzed continuously to create alerting, monitoring, and implement HA (high-availability) software systems with geo-dispersed failover.


We embed our data centers at strategic locations within our high-capacity metropolitan backbone network. Our data centers become part of the network and support local transit and interconnection in ideal locations with minimal hops and predictable performance

Optimal Locations

We carefully analyze existing and anticipated fiber networks, the locations of last mile cellular and cable facilities, along available land and we plan an initial configuration to optimize for latency and resilience. But we also plan years into the future so that we can easily support extensions and densification of our Kinetic Edge architecture in each market

Kinetic Grid Architecture

Vapor IO’s Kinetic Grid architecture is the unique combination of high-speed software-defined networking, edge colocation and edge exchange — all pre-integrated into a single package from a single supplier—lowering the cost and complexity of edge computing.

Latency-Sensitive Topology

In any given market, the target latency between adjacent facilities is less than 1 ms, making geo-redundant failover a realistic option. In markets where our customers are building 5G systems, our target latency to remote radio heads and adjacent facilities is less than 100 µs.


The VEM-20 is a high density outdoor pedestal solution for the deployment of edge applications. Unlike many telecom pedestal solutions, the VEM-20 is designed with data center operators in mind and provides solutions and features commonly found in enterprise data centers. The VEM-20 offers two physically and logically isolated 10 kW racks.

The VEM-20 has also been specifically designed to support 5G O-RAN, serving as many as 20 towers from each pedestal. A set of carefully-located VEM-20s become an ideal platform on which to build a virtualized 5G network and serve it with local breakout, exchange and edge compute applications.



Capable of supporting 150 kW of IT equipment, the VEM-150 is slightly larger than a standard cargo container and has six 36 kW high-density racks that can support up to 24 individual tenants with locking and isolation mechanisms on every quarter rack. The VEM-150 exists in a few locations, but has been replaced by the VEM-180 for new deployments.


The VEM-180 is a two-story stacked system capable of housing 180 kW of IT equipment with separate tenants in each of 8 or 10 racks, depending on the model. The VEM-180 has replaced the VEM-150 for new deployments.

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