Digital business, mobile computing and cloud technology have pushed much of enterprise computing outside the corporate data center, transforming what was once a single, well-defined enterprise perimeter into multiple, geographically dispersed digital edges with boundaries that must be secured.
To respond to an evolving digital landscape, business and IT need to transform from siloed and fixed architectures to integrated and dynamic. Rather than taking everything back into core systems to be processed, organizations need to push out some of their applications and data to the network edge, and create an environment in which the data handshake is intelligent, seamless and highly available.
Meeting user experience expectations is becoming more difficult. As these expectations continue to rise, the drivers of the digital economy throw a variety of wrenches into the works. Increasing numbers of users, devices, locations and data paired with the demand for real-time engagement and execution is now required for success.
Alongside our global CEO Steve Smith in my dual role as host and speaker at the event, I was party to some very interesting discussions and got to hear from the likes of Alibaba, Coca-Cola and John Lewis on their thoughts about the move to the digital edge and what businesses must do to ensure they remain competitive in this increasingly digital world.
Localizing, segmenting and offloading internet traffic at the digital edge enables you to reduce the amount of traffic that is traveling over WAN connections and improve performance and user QoE, while reducing network costs.
We’re in the middle of another period of accelerating innovation caused by digital disruption. It’s the transformation of digital IT. Once again, we might ask ourselves, “Why is it now suddenly transformative, when digital IT has been with us for so long?”
The best way to achieve public, private, hybrid and multicloud interconnection is to first leverage smaller, distributed, connected data centers at the digital edge.
The digital edge is where commerce, population centers and digital ecosystems meet. And the digital edge isn’t just people looking at web pages and mobile apps. Increasingly, it's smart devices that consume and generate content that needs to be acted on in near real time.
To survive, electronic trading firms must adapt. And there is a way for companies to architect their IT to find the agility needed to continue to deliver low latency, maximize collaboration, gain new data insight – all while staying ahead of evolving regulatory requirements.
To tackle latency issues, many organizations have started placing significant portions of their application and IT infrastructure at the digital edge where they are close to globally dispersed users, partners and cloud services.