With more than 20 billion connected devices expected to be in use by next year, businesses are seeking new solutions for collecting, analyzing and storing a vast and continually growing volume of data.

But more data is just the first challenge when considering storage solutions. There’s also how data will be created and consumed — often by other devices, and in larger datasets for content like online videos, healthcare information, and game applications.

Through this expanded connectivity, data creation and consumption now occur in hospitals, bank branches, satellite offices, sports stadiums or arenas, retail stores, and restaurants through an array of connected devices —health-tracking devices, ATMs, photocopiers, security cameras, and inventory trackers, to name a few.

Capturing all this information in larger volumes and faster speeds than ever before becomes more than a centralized cloud can adequately handle. Storing data for high availability in a data center, private cloud, or public cloud becomes more costly. Storing and processing data at the edge on a Network Storage Node (i.e, a Point of Presence) with CenturyLink Network Storage solves both problems by bringing cloud computing and storage capabilities to data, wherever it is.

With more than 100 edge locations, CenturyLink’s highly dynamic network can deliver latency...

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