Vapor IO

Key Criteria of Edge Colocation

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. About the Vendor Profile
  3. Key Criteria Analysis
  4. Evaluation Metrics Analysis
  5. Bottom Line
  6. About Ned Bellavance

1. Summary

Vapor IO offers edge colocation and network solutions for customers running edge applications adjacent to the access edge (0-10ms latency). Its Vapor Edge Module (VEM) design is deployed at multiple locations within a metropolitan area to create what the company calls the Kinetic Edge. The Kinetic Edge enables edge colocation for physical resources, converging wireless and wireline connectivity in a Kinetic Edge Fabric, along with software-defined exchange points for peering and Internet through the Kinetic Edge Exchange. Vapor IO’s facilities serve as the connectivity and compute hub between the access edge and the nearest regional data center or IX point.

The Vapor IO solution includes four key components: physical location, colocation, interconnection, and transport. Vapor IO operates and maintains the physical sites that host its edge modules, offering a multi-tenant colocation solution in quarter-rack increments with dedicated security, networking, and power. All sites within a market are interconnected in a mesh topology that forms the Kinetic Edge, allowing customers to deploy a multi-site distributed application architecture without worrying about the underlying networking. Vapor IO also offers low-latency connectivity to local Internet exchanges, simplifying customer networking challenges.

To assist with management and monitoring of the Kinetic Edge solution, Vapor IO offers the Kinetic Edge portal and the Synse open-source protocol for monitoring operational technology within a datacenter. The portal assists with capacity planning and monitoring of systems through a simple UI, and the Synse protocol provides APIs for integration with other monitoring and ticketing systems as well as automation and orchestration platforms.

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