Without world-class data centers, Equinix wouldn’t have been much more than a cool idea. Our data centers set the standard on five continents, and they’re part of an ever-expanding footprint that’s shaping the future of the digital world. As the head of global operations for Equinix, I can tell you none of that is an accident. It’s about passion, diligence and design – right down to the blue light on our colocation floor. It’s also about knowing as we build on our success that we can’t take the lessons of the past or the rewards of the future for granted.
In a digital age, volumes of data from decades worth of film can be collected, tagged and sorted, and AI and machine learning can be applied to find patterns in pacing, in dialogue, in tone, in colors, in music, in narrative structure, in any number of variables that can help explain why a given film succeeds well past a conventional explanation like, “It starred ‘The Rock.’”
Companies often see fast and significant value from predictive maintenance initiatives, and they are becoming more prevalent. A new report written by Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC) and sponsored by Equinix indicates 55% of companies are at least piloting predictive maintenance initiatives.
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.
5G is the fifth-generation of wireless broadband technology and is poised to revolutionize the networking industry by providing an unimaginable level of innovation. The first commercial launches of 5G products and services are rolling out this year and the recent Ericsson Mobility Report estimates that by 2023 there will be 1 billion 5G subscriptions, accounting for approximately 20% of all mobile data traffic.
Oracle GoldenGate, in conjunction with an Interconnection Oriented Architecture™ (IOA®) strategy deployed on Platform Equinix™, is one of the best tools we’ve found for real-time data replication from one database to another, including non-Oracle targets. An IOA strategy on Platform Equinix enables you to choose from a wide-range of network providers to create a high-performance, low-latency wide area network (WAN) with proximate connections in more than 48 metro markets around the world.
Valued at $103 billion in the U.S., the oil and gas industry is also one of the early adopters of the Internet of Things (IoT). Oil and gas companies combine the IoT, machine learning and the cloud for greater management of remote facilities and tank collection sites so they can act in real-time as safety and regulatory issues arise.
Historically, increasing volumes of large scale datasets - petabytes and above - have been concentrated in centralized corporate data centers which can create data concentration risk. However, the complexities of these environments and the interactions between data, people, systems, applications, analytics and clouds that lie outside of these data centers can have a detrimental impact on performance and quality.
An interconnection-first IT architecture designed for the digital edge gives retailers speed, unprecedented command over reams of consumer data, and the flexibility to instantly reach partners and markets globally. This is how they can grab the attention of shoppers who now have a world of alternatives at their fingertips.
Data is increasingly becoming the currency of the global digital economy. And, it is the direct, private data exchange between and among businesses that is driving global economic growth. For enterprises to monetize their data and extract the most value from it, they must re-think their data architectures to find the best ways to aggregate, exchange and manage data at the edge—and at scale.