Edge is moving past regional data centers towards micro DCs (containerized data centers) collocated with cell phone towers. Regional data centers are hundreds of miles away and a half dozen IP hops from the end user, while micro DCs are a few miles away from mobile devices with close to zero network latency. New wireless spectrum, such as CBRS, Citizen Broadband Radio Service, part of the new "innovation" band available for commercial use, has greatly increased the available spectrum to mobile devices. These micro DCs are being designed to be as consumer and community friendly as possible.
We'll discuss the hardware and wireless spectrum provided by these micro DCs and how they're being built to be as community friendly as possible. These micro DCs utilizing community standards from the common rack and power hardware standards, up through open APIs at the networking and cloud layers. We'll review our experiences running OpenStack and Kubernetes atop these DCs.
There's been lots of talk about regional edge data centers but very little on moving the edge onto the cell tower locations. This is feedback on real-world experiences on these micro DCs edge locations at cell towers available for general consumption as opposed to just the telcos. This opens up all sorts of questions around supporting thousands of edge locations that system architects, developers, and operations teams need to start taking into account when designing the next versions of OpenStack.
We have several forks of software projects in active development to support these environments include OpenStack on Ansible and Kubespray for Kubernetes. These projects are being extended to support these micro DC edge locations.
We'll also review the new wireless spectrums (i.e. CBRS) and open hardware standards (Open19) - something that cloud operators will find interesting.