The Internet of Things (IoT) sometimes has the feel of a trend that’s forever going to be on the cusp of a huge breakout. Figures fly around about the projected size of the IoT, and they’re always massive (such as the 50 billion devices Cisco predicted by 2020). But the number of things in the IoT is already counted in the 8 billion-15 billion range. So, shouldn’t we be seeing more from the IoT by now?
Everyone agrees these days that the cloud is integral to the future of any digital business that wants to have a future. But is cloud computing peaking? Is a different kind of computing, edge computing, soon to eclipse the cloud in importance?
It's always inspiring to hear about a company’s digital successes. But it can be especially enlightening when you dig into the hard-won lessons that fueled those transformation triumphs. That's exactly what happened at last month’s Gartner Catalyst Conference in San Diego where our Chief Marketing Officer, Sara Baack, sat down with IT executives from Equinix customers Aon, Lincoln Financial, Devon Energy and Smithfield Foods to discuss their bold moves to accelerate digital business transformation through Interconnection and what they've learned along the way.
Gartner’s report “The Edge Manifesto: Digital Business, Rich Media, Latency Sensitivity and the Use of Distributed Data Centers” by analyst Bob Gill, underscores the critical and growing need for distributing IT resources and services to the edge of a company’s network, closer to user populations.
Our first Cloud Conversation sees us speak with Ian Moyse a Board Member at the Cloud Industry Forum. Established in 2009 to provide transparency through certification to a Code of Practice for credible online cloud service providers, today the CIF is the one of the foremost industry organisations enabling and empowering the widespread adoption of these services.
BMC Software has leveraged cloud shift and greater interconnection to transform the delivery of its Digital Enterprise Management software solutions to BMC employees and customers with dramatically improved customer satisfaction, reduced downtime and lower costs.
The use of cloud services is growing at an exponential pace globally. IDC, for instance, estimates that worldwide revenues from public cloud services will exceed $195 billion in 2020, more than double the $96.5 billion from 2016.
IDC defines digital transformation as the “process of creating value, growth and competitive advantage through new digital offerings, new digital business models and new digital business relationships.” One success criteria for digital transformation is to adopt an interconnection-first architecture that will enable you to de-centralize IT and networking and establish a more distributed, interconnected “digital edge.”
All indications are that 2016 was a watershed year in enterprise cloud computing growth. According to Synergy Research Services, cloud services markets are now growing three times faster than cloud infrastructure hardware and software.
Digital business is here and now. Industry analysts have defined it, providers of digital-enabling architectures and platforms are laying the groundwork for it, and progressive enterprises, such as General Electric (GE), are already transforming and seeing the significant value that being digital can bring to their business and their customers.