Projections about how many “things” will be in the Internet of Things by 2020 vary, from 21 billion (Gartner), to 24 billion (Business Insider) to 28 billion (IDC). But even on the low end of that, there will be roughly three “connected things” for every person on earth.
The enterprise today operates in an environment where digital assets are becoming more internetworked and distributed. The continued proliferation of the cloud and interrelated technologies, like the Internet of Things (IoT), guarantees that trend will continue.
The global shift to a digital economy has disrupted traditional business models and elevated one component of the enterprise network to new importance – the digital edge. At Equinix, we see the digital edge becoming more critical than ever in 2017.
Forrester predicts 2017 will be the tipping point for cloud adoption and sees a convergence of multiple clouds across the enterprise as “CIOs step up to orchestrate cloud ecosystems that connect employees, customers, partners, vendors and devices to serve rising customer expectations.”
We can’t predict the future of the entire IT industry, but we sit at an unusually good vantage point at Equinix to make an educated, data-driven forecast about what we see coming. That’s because we have the capability to look at what’s trending with more than 8,000 customers across 21 markets within ecosystems that sit at the center of cloud, IoT and analytics growth. And the patterns we are seeing show a massive digital transformation under way.