Regardless of how you define the network “EDGE”, network capacity in closer proximity to the consumption and production of data is a requirement. When exploring data center solutions, the ISO shipping container is frequently part of the discussion. Modular, purpose built enclosures are a great solution for data centers. Modular hyperscale buildings like CyrusOne and Microsoft, enterprise data systems, and telecom systems are all a perfect fit for modular, but not shipping containers.
ISO containers, CONEX boxes, shipping containers etc. are used for the transport of freight. They are manufactured according to specifications that define a shipping container that meets size, strength, and durability requirements of the box. (not the contents)
Standard containers are 8’6″ tall and High-Cube containers are 9’6″ tall, but they are both only 8 feet wide. The restrictive width is the primary issue with data center containers. Data racks require at-least 3 feet of front access for functional use and loading of servers. The back of the racks need 3 foot from the wall for cooling, electrical working clearance, and OSHA and NFPA guidelines. Standard data racks are 3.5 foot deep. To work within a less than 8 foot wide interior, the layout is limiting, awkward and inefficient.