Equinix passed our 20th birthday last year, so for our 20th installment of the “How to Speak Like a Data Center Geek” series, we are taking on the topic of ecosystems. The timing is not a coincidence because, in many respects, digital business ecosystems have evolved in parallel with our own history.
We inside the technology industry do love our terminology. Think about it – does the average person outside of the tech industry really know what we mean by human augmentation, mesh networks, blockchain, intelligent assistants and the like?
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Cisco estimates that 5G connections will grow more than 1,000 percent, from 2.3 million in 2020 to over 25 million in 2021, mainly with edge devices, and is expected to drive very high traffic volumes — 4.7 times more than the average 4G connection by 2021.
High-profile security breaches that exploited Internet of Things (IoT) vulnerabilities have created major business concerns, and people really aren’t sure how safe IoT is. These breaches have redoubled industry efforts to make the IoT as secure as possible, and the joke implies that these efforts are succeeding. But that’s debatable.
The GXI Vol. 2, a market study by Equinix, makes the case that Interconnection – the direct and private data exchange between businesses – is enabling enterprises to build their digital ecosystems by seamlessly integrating a myriad of service providers and business partners.
About 47 percent of the global population of 7.6 billion people doesn’t have internet access, as tough as that is for those of us in internet-rich locales to imagine. But companies are working on ways to bridge this digital divide, and systems based on low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites are becoming a big part of the conversation.
Here’s a look at four examples of cool Star Wars tech that are at least edging their way into reality, and why interconnection will be needed to move some of these concepts into the real world.
Avoiding data swamps is a must to truly capitalize on increasing volumes of data and generate new business intelligence that propels growth. Fortunately, there are ways to keep data lakes dynamic, pristine and viable business assets.
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Virtualization has made it possible to separate the software functionality of all those boxes from the specific appliance-type hardware in which it resides. Network functions virtualization (NFV) software can replicate an appliance’s function in a more cost-effective commodity server, which is easy to obtain and deploy and can hold the software for numerous functions at once. People like the improved simplicity, cost, agility and speed that comes with this change.
The dynamic and interactive characteristics of these technologies demand more elasticity than today’s legacy backbone networks can deliver, as well as more flexible, agile and cost-effective low-latency and high-bandwidth connections to handle the digital deluge. In fact, the Global Interconnection Index predicts that by 2020, digital business will require over 5,000 terabits of Interconnection Bandwidth capacity to privately exchange data between businesses, outpacing the overall global growth of IP traffic, the internet and MPLS networks.