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.
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?
Interconnection is the fuel of digital business, and organizations must understand its power if they hope to handle the global digital economy’s increasing demands. For such a pivotal business enabler, interconnection has long been tough to quantify. But research from Equinix does just that by looking at installed interconnection bandwidth capacity and projected growth.
A data center migration must start with very careful planning and a phased approach to execution, without causing a significant impact to business operations, service delivery, performance and data protection requirements. Following these steps to strategically plan any cloud adoption will help you realize the cost, scalability, time to market, and security and compliance benefits that cloud, and in particular multicloud, can offer.
Interconnection is private data exchange between businesses. Interconnection is best achieved hosted in carrier-neutral data center campuses, where distributed IT components are colocated.
We’re tackling software containers in this entry in our long-running “How to Speak Like a Data Center Geek” series, because containers are huge right now. Why? They enable app development and operations at a level of cost-efficiency, scalability and optimization that’s downright revolutionary.
The annual release of the internet trends report by Mary Meeker is like Christmas morning in the tech world, only with more gadgets (Meeker says 2.8 billion smartphones are now in use globally). And as the digital economy expands, the report has expanded with it, hitting a record 355 slides this year.