It happened “long ago,” but does Star Wars preview future tech?

Here’s a look at four examples of cool Star Wars tech that are at least edging their way into reality, and why interconnection will be needed to move some of these concepts into the real world.

How to Stop Data Lakes From Getting Swamped

Avoiding data swamps is a must to truly capitalize on increasing volumes of data and generate new business intelligence that propels growth. Fortunately, there are ways to keep data lakes dynamic, pristine and viable business assets.

Software-Defined Everything

The dynamic and interactive characteristics of these technologies demand more elasticity than today’s legacy backbone networks can deliver, as well as more flexible, agile and cost-effective low-latency and high-bandwidth connections to handle the digital deluge. In fact, the Global Interconnection Index predicts that by 2020, digital business will require over 5,000 terabits of Interconnection Bandwidth capacity to privately exchange data between businesses, outpacing the overall global growth of IP traffic, the internet and MPLS networks.

Submarine Cable Boom Fueled by New Tech, Soaring Demand

Between 2013 and 2017, the subsea cable industry has added an average of 32% of capacity annually on major submarine cable routes, according to the industry magazine SubTel Forum. Still, the industry needs to do more. “It will have to increase activity to stay ahead of demand,” SubTel Forum said in its annual report this year.

5G, IoT and Robots Brought Winter Games Into the Future

This year’s winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, featured the latest technology almost everywhere you looked – from sensor-filled speed-skating suits, to driverless buses, to digital payment gloves. Robots guided people through the airport. A 5G network debuted. When you combine the games with the ongoing Mobile World Congress, it’s like a three-week glimpse into the future.

How to Speak Like a Data Center Geek: Artificial Intelligence

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.

What You Need When the IoT’s Big Breakout Arrives

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?

How to See the World More Clearly Through Interconnection

Interconnection is the fuel of digital business, and organizations must understand its power if they hope to handle the global digital economy’s increasing demands. For such a pivotal business enabler, interconnection has long been tough to quantify. But research from Equinix does just that by looking at installed interconnection bandwidth capacity and projected growth.

What Is Interconnection? What Companies Need to Know About Interconnection to Succeed at Digital Business

Interconnection is private data exchange between businesses. Interconnection is best achieved hosted in carrier-neutral data center campuses, where distributed IT components are colocated.

What’s the State of the Cloud? Hybrid Cloud, Multicloud on the Rise

RightScale’s latest annual State of the Cloud survey shows private cloud is now playing a smaller role in both the hybrid and multicloud story as enterprises look to expand their public cloud use. The RightScale research showed that private cloud adoption fell to 72%, down from the 77% reported in the company’s 2016 survey.