And as business and technology leaders move closer to another year of high stakes digital transformations and the big IT decisions that power them, we’re taking a closer look at the technologies that will make the biggest digital business impact in 2019.
Networking has played a critical role in digital transformation, evolving from now-primitive centralized connections to today’s distributed software-defined networks (SDN). Software-defined networking, an approach to cloud computing, simplifies network management and configuration through programming to improve network performance and monitoring.
The oil rigs, power plants and service stations of the energy and utility sector conjure up the heavy metal industry of the 20th century more than the digital future of the 21st. But, in fact, this sector is ripe for digital transformation and the power of Interconnection, according to the second annual Global Interconnection Index (the GXI).
In the Motiv SOC, all activities on the application and associated data are collected, analyzed and correlated in a centralized manner for its customers, so deviations can be recognized quickly and reported. Initially, the SOC service was mainly reactive, but Motiv is now focusing on real-time alerting to provide faster insights for customers to immediately analyze and solve potential security breaches.
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.
As we move forward, I want to further extend the Magic of Equinix to our customers, helping them solve their evolving challenges in an ever-changing world. By keeping customers at the center of everything we do, we can leverage our global reach, scaled ecosystems, leading interconnection portfolio and track record of operational excellence to enable our customers to reach everywhere, interconnect everyone and integrate everything needed to succeed in this digital era.
Cisco estimates that by 2021, traffic within hyperscale data centers will quadruple, and hyperscale data centers will account for 55% of all data center traffic by 2021.
Digital technologies increase business efficiency in infinite ways in all industries, all around the world. For example, just think of the time-consuming and costly processes that have been eliminated by businesses deploying cloud, collaboration, robotics and data analytics platforms. CAPEX is reduced, while scale is increased. Supply chains bring solutions to market more effectively and faster. Repetitive tasks are expedited, making room for new value creation. And greater insights can be revealed in real-time, making a real difference in customer satisfaction.
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.
Is your data center interconnected? Does it have private interconnectivity with any partner or customer you want to reach across multiple global metros? Can you provide fast, direct and secure access to a cloud or software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider that is not directly located in the same city as your employees? Can you ensure the local security your users require at geographically dispersed data centers? These are the hallmarks of an interconnected data center.