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.
Between 2013 and 2017, the subsea cable industry has added an average of 32% of capacity annually on major submarine cable routes, according to the industry magazine SubTel Forum. Still, the industry needs to do more. “It will have to increase activity to stay ahead of demand,” SubTel Forum said in its annual report this year.
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.
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AI, VR/AR and IoT all have something else in common besides their recently accelerated development– they all have the same set of dependencies: Each requires relatively sophisticated devices, excellent network connectivity and robust cloud infrastructures. And none of it works as well as it should without interconnection.
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The digital manufacturing revolution is being powered by advancements such as smart manufacturing, robotics, artificial intelligence, automation and the Internet of Things (IoT). In fact, the World Economic Forum expects manufacturers to invest $267 billion in the IoT by 2020.
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.
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?