Digital Realty, Vapor IO, and Hivelocity continue the edge buildout

Digital Realty, Vapor IO, and Hivelocity continue the edge buildout

Vapor IO and Digital Realty have continued to work on building out an edge computing ecosystem with the addition of Hivelocity as a provider of bare metal cloud services. The deployment provides a real-world example of how customers will leverage traditional and edge computing data centers together to build resilient, performant multi-tier cloud architectures

Hivelocity’s services are initially available in Atlanta but will be available in additional cities where Vapor and Digital Realty are integrating network and datacenter services. Hivelocity is also committed to deploying bare metal as a service offering (BMaaS) on Vapor’s Kinetik Edge platform in the 36 US cities where Vapor is deploying its edge data centers.

The announcement follows a June 2020 announcement where Vapor IO and Digital Realty said they were offering a joint core-to-edge solution in three U. S. metro areas. The solution connects Digital Realty’s PlatformDIGITAL with Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge services, making it easier for joint customers to deliver low-latency edge applications.

The integrated offering promises the seamless distribution of workloads. Digital Realty’s connected campuses are a meeting place to coordinate workloads and extend connections spanning from distributed core to the access edge.

Deployment details

Hivelocity is a long time Digital Realty customer. Rick Nicholas, vice president of colocation and managed services, said that Hivelocity has a significant presence consisting of “dozens of racks” of server and networking equipment as well as redundant network connections. Hivelocity has a customer wanting to build and offer an edge platform service using its BMaaS offering, so the company decided to leverage its existing footprint and connect to all of Vapor’s edge locations in Atlanta. The advantage of going with Digital and Vapor: deploying its service within a week at a fraction of the capital it would have taken Hivelocity to do on its own, Nicholas told Edge Industry Review. Nicholas estimated it would normally have taken a full quarter to do the deployment on their own.

Digital Realty, Vapor IO, and Hivelocity Atlanta Edge Deployment model
Source: Vapor IO

Hiveloity didn’t specify which city was the next target for expansion.

The companies said that by using Hivelocity’s bare metal cloud in Atlanta, a developer can more easily deploy a multi-tier application. For example, an IoT application could utilize low-latency AI inferencing in Vapor IO edge locations while training sophisticated models in Digital Realty’s Regional Edge and core facilities.

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