We at Equinix — the world’s largest interconnection platform provider — have made some key observations over the past several years, particularly relating to the evolving strategy of deploying wide area network infrastructures. The following provides a narrative for the illustration below, with emphasis on two sharply different methodologies in play from both the past and present.
Complimentary technologies like Network Function Virtualization (NFV) that decouple traditional network devices from physical boxes and virtualize them, i.e. firewalls, load balancers, intrusion detection devices, WAN accelerators, etc. provide a platform more conducive to dynamically consumable services.
Participation in the digital economy implies a number of paradigm shifts, but one in particular stipulates that organizations must, in simple terms, rapidly and continuously develop and deploy applications and data (the new currency of the digital economy) that enable a fluid and fruitful exchange with partners and/or consumers.
“Collaborative communities” harness the power of proximity not only to meet the demands of the digital economy, but to exceed them.