Unless it meets these criteria, it’s not an edge data center – it’s just a data center in a tier-2 market. Recent discussion of vXchnge’s acquisition of Sungard data centers suggests that this needs to be cleared up.

The explosion of the cloud and internet-based content has created the need to move the internet’s “edge,” closer to where the users are. Historically, the “edge” had been limited to tier-1 cities, such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. If a user in a tier-2 city, such as St. Paul, wanted to access internet-based content, the data would actually come from the closest edge location, in this case Chicago…….

Source: 7 key criteria for defining edge data centers