Micro data centers are smaller-scale, self-contained versions of traditional data centers. They perform all the same essential functions that traditional data centers do (networking, computing, storage, etc.) but have a much smaller footprint. They can be as small as the size of one traditional server rack or cabinet.
Due to their compact design, micro data centers can be deployed at the edge of the network and are often used for edge computing applications. Another benefit is flexibility. Micro data centers can be installed in a variety of spaces traditional data centers can’t be such as IT or network closets. In addition, they can be scaled up or down based on the environment they’re in.