# Edge data center size

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## Main Question or Discussion Point

I want to do a cost estimation for an edge data center in Bakersfield, California. I don't know how big should the center be and i do not know how i can view the data traffic. Can anyone help?

## Answers and Replies

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jedishrfu
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Are you wanting to build it to deliver your web content to more quickly? Do you know the number of visitors to your website? Do you know the number of simultaneous visitors to your website?

The simultaneous number would help you determine how many processors are needed to support them and thus your cost of ownership.

There are companies who will do that for you as shown below:

http://www.edgeconnex.com/services/edge-data-centers-proximity-matters/

Also many companies are moving to Amazon Web Services to handle their web traffic and eliminate the hassle of maintaining racks of processing slices.

But apparently, folks are developing micro centers for IoT devices too:

https://www.crn.com/news/data-cente...-micro-data-centers-are-the-next-frontier.htm

Also it would seem that Docker come into play here in managing micro services in support of IoT devices allowing you to spin up a service on an as needed basis.

fresh_42
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Do you want to build a business plan?

I assume that beside high initial costs for hardware (from servers to storage capacities and cooling systems) I suppose the main amount of maintenance costs are power, mirroring the data, data safety and measurements against data losses due to fire or other incidents. The question about traffic and response time is basically a marginal one, a technical detail solved in hours. However, it does play a role for the initial hardware sizing. It's also unclear, what kind of data will you store. A single database is easier to describe than a complex cloud system for all kind of data - documents can be stored in a database, but it's not the best way to do it.

In the end, the answer to your question without any specifications is: somewhere between $100 for a hard drive and$10,000,000,000 for a data center e.g. for climate data.

jedishrfu
Mark44
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I want to do a cost estimation for an edge data center in Bakersfield, California. I don't know how big should the center be and i do not know how i can view the data traffic. Can anyone help?
Since you are posting a very long way from Bakersfield, Calif, my suspicion is that this is a schoolwork problem, and one that doesn't provide enough information for anyone to give a reasonable answer.

Is this a problem assigned as part of schoolwork?

jedishrfu
Since you are posting a very long way from Bakersfield, Calif, my suspicion is that this is a schoolwork problem, and one that doesn't provide enough information for anyone to give a reasonable answer.

Is this a problem assigned as part of schoolwork?
Unfortunately yes

Mark44
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Unfortunately yes
Then you need to post your question in the Homework & Coursework section (under Engineering & Computer Scence). Be sure to give a complete statement of the problem, and include your efforts so far to answer your question.

I am closing this thread.

jedishrfu