It’s rapidly coming up on “predictions season.” But, before we start looking ahead to 2018, we thought we’d look back at the “7 Bold Predictions for the Connected Enterprise” we made for 2017 to see where these technology trends stand. Here’s what we see today.
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?
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.
Interestingly DDoS attacks have moved beyond the simple large volume attacks of yore to sophisticated, dynamic combinations of stealthy multi-vector application-level attacks and even campaigns of attacks that morph while they’re in progress. This requires a multi-layered approach to your DDoS security that includes on-premises, in-line protection and intelligent communication with your ISP or MSP, so it knows to deploy its own DDoS defenses when necessary.
Planning for the IoT: How the right upfront decisions can mean better performance, scalability and security
While security is a hot topic for the architects of IoT devices and applications, good IoT infrastructure planning shouldn’t stop there, and should also include best practices for IoT interconnection at the digital edge.
This latest expansion brings Equinix’s total investment in the city to over US$250 million. But that’s just the start of the story. We are continuing to support the “cloud-rush” with the expansion of our Hong Kong footprint.
Mobile World Congress 2017 highlights how mobile IoT is driving greater innovation, digital transformation and opportunity
The fact that some IoT-based products might be silly can’t obscure the fact that many more have practical, sometimes lifesaving applications. And judging by projected investment in the IoT, the business world seems convinced the IoT will be transformational.
The auto industry is gathering at the North American Auto Show in Detroit this week, after making a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. For years, we’ve been hearing about the car’s transformation to a “smartphone on four wheels,” and judging by what’s been on display in Detroit and Las Vegas, cars with the capabilities of a smartphone are the least of what’s ahead.