Two of the most powerful technology advancements in the past decade are mobile and cloud computing. Mobile puts more processing and communications capability in your hand than many organizations had in their entire data centers twenty years ago. The cloud efficiently and economically places services, applications and data in widely-distributed—and often remote—locations to meet the needs of market expansion, data sovereignty, new services delivery and optimized processing. Together, mobile and cloud have enabled more of the world to reap the benefits of an increasingly digital economy.
Data encryption is the bedrock of cybersecurity. Encrypted data remains worthless ciphertext without access to encryption keys; hardware security modules (HSM) are well-established means for securing those keys in on-premises data centers. Data security teams are well-versed in the process of purchasing, provisioning and managing those HSMs.
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.
The internet is under constant attack from many directions and that’s increasing every day. The Internet Society recognizes this reality and is in strong support of the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) global initiative. This organization provides guidelines and assesses each group’s implementation of best practices to prevent occurrences of traffic hijacking, address spoofing, DDoS and other common threats.
The careful global expansion we’ve undertaken for two decades is about being where our customers are taking their businesses. The products and services we introduce, from the Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™to Equinix SmartKey™, are a direct response to what customers tell us they need. And when we think about the future, we’re not aiming to just keep up with our customers’ ambitions, we want to stay several steps ahead.
Virtualization has made it possible to separate the software functionality of all those boxes from the specific appliance-type hardware in which it resides. Network functions virtualization (NFV) software can replicate an appliance’s function in a more cost-effective commodity server, which is easy to obtain and deploy and can hold the software for numerous functions at once. People like the improved simplicity, cost, agility and speed that comes with this change.
AI, VR/AR and IoT all have something else in common besides their recently accelerated development– they all have the same set of dependencies: Each requires relatively sophisticated devices, excellent network connectivity and robust cloud infrastructures. And none of it works as well as it should without interconnection.
At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos a few weeks ago, UK Prime Minster, Theresa May delivered a confident speech on the advancement of technology innovation and its potential to boost the UK economy. The Prime Minister began her speech by highlighting that “harnessing the power of technology is not just in all our interest, but it’s fundamental to the advancement of humanity.” This statement demonstrated her intent to ensure that technology will be a critical element of UK economic growth and her lofty ambitions for the UK to be a global leader in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Today’s hottest trade routes are digital, and they are connecting global commerce centers via high-speed fiber optic cable. They regularly traverse land and sea carrying everything from the latest video streaming sensations to the mission-critical cloud services that digital businesses can’t exist without.
In just the last week, Equinix has closed two deals in two EMEA locations separated by 2,000+ miles. But both deals illustrate our commitment to a single strategy that’s long driven Equinix: steady, careful expansion ahead of demand for Interconnection, which digital business is increasingly realizing it can’t do without.