Digital business drives real-time interactions to capture greater value. By 2021, at least 50% of global GDP will be digitalized, with growth in every industry driven by digitally enhanced offerings, operations and relationships.[ii] Manufacturing firms are improving agility and time to market by connecting complex supply chains worldwide.
Digital business will include enterprise-owned assets, whether enterprise-premises-based, colocated or in the cloud. These assets will utilize cloud technology for integration and deployment, and will be optimized in designs where dynamic, high-speed, secure communications will reduce the friction between multiple sources and sinks of information.
Individually connecting multiple clouds over traditional wide area networking (WAN) infrastructures is operationally complex and costly, resulting in unreliable cross-cloud application interaction and performance, as well as poor scalability, visibility and control. Also, managing increasing data volumes from the cloud can’t be solved by public internet offloading, since doing so increases latency and risk.
Cloud-based infrastructures and tools at your digital edge, along with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, augment what you need to scale IT resources and deliver applications and services to a distributed user base. Proximate interconnection to rich cloud ecosystems saves development and infrastructure costs and improves your product and service time to market.
Digital transformation is changing how we do business, consume services and interact with the world around us, forcing companies in every industry to redefine business models and customer engagement experiences. Disruptors such as Uber in transportation, Airbnb in hospitality and Amazon in eCommerce tend to get the most attention, but even traditional industries such as financial services, insurance and healthcare are embracing digital technologies to provide more personalized consumer experiences.
Many traditional enterprise network backbones can’t keep up with the pace and scale of digital business. These companies have learned theyneed to be physically proximate to people, locations, clouds and data to deliver an appropriate user quality of experience (QoE) and quickly integrate diverse data types, applications and information sources. They also need to fortify their applications and data against increasing cyberthreats.
Every day we talk to enterprises across a variety of industries who are working hard to build best practices for doing business in an everchanging digital world. Our place at the intersection of all of these industries and trends gives us a unique perspective into how digital is impacting the way we all do business today, and what's coming next.
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