Data Centers

Addressing a Future at the Edge

To meet the needs of new high-bandwidth, low-latency applications, data needs to be hosted close to users and network functionality performed in milliseconds versus having data processed and stored in centralized data centers located sometimes many cities away from its source. 

The solution lies in edge computing that brings IT and cloud-based services closer to end users and devices. However, edge data centers are unique and industry-driven edge data center standards are critical to the success of these localized computing spaces. That’s where TIA’s Edge Data Center Working Group comes in.

New Briefing Paper 7 - Powering the Edge is Available Now!
While new data centers often need to account for varying conditions based on the location, considerations for the design and construction of the facility and the availability of resources remain the same. An edge data center therefore still requires a robust infrastructure that delivers critical power capacity essential for operations.

TIA’s Edge Data Center Working Group brings together carriers, data center owners, equipment and cabling suppliers, consultants, auditing firms, and others to establish best practices for edge data centers within TIA-942.

If you’re interested in lending your expertise to this effort, we want to hear from you. Please send an email to to get involved.

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Edge computing is getting closer, everywhere we and our devices go, and its growth shows no signs of slowing down. To support the many emerging businesses and consumer applications that need to fully and successfully work together, data processing needs to happen faster. And to do that, it needs to happen at The Edge.


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TIA-942 Webinar

As data centers continue to evolve with the emergence of 5G and edge applications, commitment to resilience and reliability must be demonstrated transparently through independent data center certification against an industry-defined standard. This webinar will describe why the ANSI/TIA-942 data center standard and certification program are critical to ensuring the successful deployment of the new applications enabled by 5G. Attendees will get an overview of the latest information around TIA-942 and hear industry experts present their perspectives on why the resiliency of the data center is paramount to building trust in our digital infrastructure.

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Why Edge?

The global market for edge data centers is projected to triple over the next five years with 50% of enterprise-generated data expected to be created and processed outside of traditional centralized data centers. 

Edge data center standards and certification programs will be critical to ensuring cost-effective and reliable high-speed, low-latency data processing through localized computing, storage and analytics that support next-generation 5G and smart building/smart city IoT and IIoT technologies such as:

  • Self-driving vehicles, smart traffic systems 
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication
  • Enhanced e-commerce, gaming and video streaming
  • Advanced telemedicine, smart grids, remote resource monitoring and location services
Telecommunications Industry Association

The ANSI/TIA-942 Standard

Specifies the minimum requirements for telecommunications infrastructure of data centers and computer rooms, covering all aspects, including infrastructure, site location, architectural, electrical, mechanical, safety and security. The topology specified in this document is intended to be applicable to any size data center.