With the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) conference looming, it is an important time to see what trends are evolving across the digital landscape. The buzzword phrase this year is the “internet of things” (IoT). IoT is contributing to digital disruption globally and across industries, revolutionising the transportation industry.
It is an exciting moment when our enterprise customers discover that with a single interconnection solution, Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™), they can advance both goals at once. With one move, they can optimize their network for distributed IT infrastructure and accelerate their hybrid cloud and multicloud deployments, with minimal complexity and cost.
Virtualization is now being applied to an increasing range of networking hardware. The functionality of purpose-built network hardware like routers, switches and firewalls is being replaced by network functions virtualization (NFV) architectures that run on commodity servers.
5G networks are expected to be at least 100 times faster than current 4G networks and cut latency to less than one-thousandth of a second. The Consumer Technology Association notes that at this speed, you could download a two-hour movie in just 3.6 seconds, versus 6 minutes on 4G or 26 hours on 3G.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical objects, such as smart appliances, car navigators, drones, etc. that can communicate, interact and exchange data over the internet. One of the earliest examples of the IoT was a connected Coca Cola machine on the Carnegie Mellon University campus in the early 1980s. Local programmers were able to connect to the machine by the internet to see if a cold drink was available before making the trip
Throughout each of these lifecycle phases, digital transformation at the edge is leading to new opportunities for connected device makers and their partners to increase product and service innovation, streamline processes, and expand into new markets.
Today, we are announcing that Google has selected Equinix for its Los Angeles cable landing station (CLS) supporting the Curie subsea cable system, scheduled to go live in 2019. The Curie subsea cable system will land directly at the Equinix LA4 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center located in El Segundo, Calif.
Organizations are increasingly vulnerable to data breaches. SmartKey provides secure encryption key management to protect cloud data.
Along with the increase in internet usage, there is a growing increase in Interconnection − the direct and private traffic exchange between businesses − in Latin America (LATAM). According to the second annual Global Interconnection Index (the GXI), the LATAM region is projected to be the fastest growing region in the world, with Interconnection Bandwidth capacity increasing at 59% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2017 and 2021.
Cloud has gone mainstream. No longer a tactical solution in the experimentation phase, cloud is a core business enabler, providing improved agility and speed to market, faster innovation, scalability, enhanced productivity and cost optimization.