How NFV and Interconnection Can Help You Think Outside the “Box”

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.

Software-Defined Everything

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.

5G, IoT and Robots Brought Winter Games Into the Future

This year’s winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, featured the latest technology almost everywhere you looked – from sensor-filled speed-skating suits, to driverless buses, to digital payment gloves. Robots guided people through the airport. A 5G network debuted. When you combine the games with the ongoing Mobile World Congress, it’s like a three-week glimpse into the future.

How to Speak Like a Data Center Geek: Artificial Intelligence

It’s time to take on artificial intelligence (AI) in our “How to Speak Like a Data Center Geek” series. Why now? Because even though it’s been around for six decades, AI has rarely been hotter. In Equinix’s 2018 predictions, we forecast an imminent AI breakthrough into the mainstream. Already, AI powers advances like algorithmic trading, autonomous cars, even online shopping. And as digital capabilities advance, so will the capabilities of AI.

What You Need When the IoT’s Big Breakout Arrives

The Internet of Things (IoT) sometimes has the feel of a trend that’s forever going to be on the cusp of a huge breakout. Figures fly around about the projected size of the IoT, and they’re always massive (such as the 50 billion devices Cisco predicted by 2020). But the number of things in the IoT is already counted in the 8 billion-15 billion range. So, shouldn’t we be seeing more from the IoT by now?