Direct and secure private interconnection between BC/DR sites is needed to achieve high availability and lower RTO/RPO objectives. With Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™), a business can build geo-diverse, resilient software-defined interconnection to cloud services, minimizing downtime or service disruptions.
The way equipment is deployed is also critical, and cabling between the infrastructure and the equipment is a good indicator of the quality of the build. Structured cabling is essential to minimize costly downtime. Disorganized cabling creates inefficiencies and opportunities for error such as poor airflow that traps more heat, increased cooling costs, higher hardware failure rates and difficult troubleshooting which increases downtime.
Equinix passed our 20th birthday last year, so for our 20th installment of the “How to Speak Like a Data Center Geek” series, we are taking on the topic of ecosystems. The timing is not a coincidence because, in many respects, digital business ecosystems have evolved in parallel with our own history.
We inside the technology industry do love our terminology. Think about it – does the average person outside of the tech industry really know what we mean by human augmentation, mesh networks, blockchain, intelligent assistants and the like?
Googling the term “data governance” may lead to more confusion than clarity. Every organization seems to have its own version of what it means – for example, a Lights on Data article lists ten different definitions.ii Some of the confusion may stem from the fact that it is both a business strategy and an IT process for how an organization manages its data. Data is a business asset with value – similar to buildings, employees or supply chains.
It’s time to take on artificial intelligence (AI) in our “How to Speak Like a Data Center Geek” series. Why now? Because even though it’s been around for six decades, AI has rarely been hotter. In Equinix’s 2018 predictions, we forecast an imminent AI breakthrough into the mainstream. Already, AI powers advances like algorithmic trading, autonomous cars, even online shopping. And as digital capabilities advance, so will the capabilities of AI.
We’re tackling software containers in this entry in our long-running “How to Speak Like a Data Center Geek” series, because containers are huge right now. Why? They enable app development and operations at a level of cost-efficiency, scalability and optimization that’s downright revolutionary.
We’re watching VR closely at Equinix, because it doesn’t work without high-performance, low-latency interconnection, and that’s our thing. We figured a look at some key VR terms would make for a timely entry in our “How to Speak Like a Data Center Geek” series, which aims to bring clarity to trends and common terms in our business.
Virtualization is a topic that has managed to remain on the cutting edge for more than five decades, ever since virtualization technology was applied to software starting in the 1960s.
Given the potential ubiquity of the IoT, and the frequency with which we toss IoT terms around, we figured it was a natural for our latest “How to Speak Like a Data Center Geek” entry.