Interconnecting Data: Creating the Interconnected Enterprise

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An unprecedented flood of data is headed toward the enterprise, and things could get complicated.

The emerging Internet of Things (IoT) is already pumping out massive amounts of data, and Gartner says 25 billion things will be connected to the Internet by 2025 – five times more than today. But the IoT is just part of a digital universe that IDC says is doubling in size every two years and will reach 44 zettabytes by 2020. To put that in perspective, a 44 zettabyte digital universe contains almost as many digital bits as there are stars in the actual universe.

All this data represents incredible potential value, but not if it can’t be properly stored, accessed and analyzed. In this fourth post in our interconnected enterprise series, we’ll look at some of the challenges of interconnecting ever-increasing amounts of data between geographically dispersed applications, clouds, employees, partners and customers. We’ll also examine how an interconnection-oriented strategy can help the enterprise avoid being overwhelmed by the coming data deluge.

A fundamental problem for most enterprises is that they’ve siloed all their corporate data, making it tough to get at and difficult to fully exploit for the company’s benefit. Too often, it’s backhauled and held at a corporate data center, far from the edge, which is inefficient, expensive and exposes data to breaches in transit. Data should be kept local and adjacent to users, applications, clouds, analytics and security. And it should be accessible via a fast, secure and reliable interconnection-oriented platform.

Gaining a Data Advantage

Enterprises need to consider how data placement and interconnection can help them take greater advantage of their data as they deal with the following challenges:

  • Storage. Traditional storage is too expensive to consolidate at a corporate data center, especially when trying to handle today’s increasing volume of data. But data access is fast, secure and more economical if you keep it at distributed edge locations, in close proximity to users, applications, analytics and cloud services with fast, direct connections between them.
  • Bandwidth. An enterprise’s ability to manage large amounts of data is often limited by legacy MPLS links and a lack of cost-effective bandwidth. And connecting to data sources over the public Internet has its own security and performance risks. Moving your data over shorter-distance, direct interconnections enables you to cost-effectively lower latency and manage fluctuating data and network capacity.
  • Secure Data Handling. Rules about securely handling, storing and retaining data can come from a variety of places, including regional governments, regulators and internal risk/audit functions. Compliance (and data sovereignty) can be simplified, even in incredibly complex multi-cloud environments in geographically dispersed markets, by keeping data local, with direct and secure interconnectivity to whomever or whatever needs it.

An interconnected enterprise can provide you with the following benefits when interconnecting data:

  • You can distribute huge amounts of data where it’s most valuable and manage and protect it more easily by providing direct, close and secure connections across businesses, clouds and regions. It’s also easier to deploy reliable disaster recovery solutions that can be managed between local private and public clouds.
  • You can offer a high-speed, low-latency interconnection platform that’s flexible enough to allocate bandwidth on-demand, eliminating over- or under-provisioning.
  • You can help bring data closer to your users in dispersed geographic locations, so they can quickly access it for their applications, clouds and analytics, or for corporate auditing or modification, depending on evolving regional and international compliance regulations.

Our final blog in the series will explore exactly how to become an interconnected enterprise that’s agile and innovative enough to meet the shifting demands of the digital economy.

Read more about the interconnected enterprise from Equinix.com and check out some white papers, case studies and an infographic.

Read all five parts of the Interconnected Enterprise series.