Like all industry sectors, retail is undergoing a dramatic transformation. It started years ago with the emergence of what we then called e-commerce, and the trend is now accelerating with massive disruption in the way consumers are shopping. It’s requiring traditional retailers to adapt to digital and pure internet players to connect with physical stores.
The forces compelling digital businesses to place more of their data at the edge are real, however, the transition requires careful design. The perception is that moving large datasets out to the edge can create management and accountability problems that would not occur if the data were managed centrally.
One of the fastest “interconnected” regions in the world is the U.K., with 88% of U.K. companies reporting plans to deploy multi-cloud interconnection over the next five years.
Quantum computing could someday enable instant information transfer to anywhere. But businesses don’t have to wait for secure, low-latency interconnection.