About 47 percent of the global population of 7.6 billion people doesn’t have internet access, as tough as that is for those of us in internet-rich locales to imagine. But companies are working on ways to bridge this digital divide, and systems based on low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites are becoming a big part of the conversation.
Digital transformation is changing how we do business, consume services and interact with the world around us, forcing companies in every industry to redefine business models and customer engagement experiences. Disruptors such as Uber in transportation, Airbnb in hospitality and Amazon in eCommerce tend to get the most attention, but even traditional industries such as financial services, insurance and healthcare are embracing digital technologies to provide more personalized consumer experiences.
Is your data center interconnected? Does it have private interconnectivity with any partner or customer you want to reach across multiple global metros? Can you provide fast, direct and secure access to a cloud or software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider that is not directly located in the same city as your employees? Can you ensure the local security your users require at geographically dispersed data centers? These are the hallmarks of an interconnected data center.
An interconnected world that promotes connectivity and cooperation creates growth opportunities. In Asia-Pacific, the demand for connectivity is obviously growing. According to the Global Interconnection Index, published by Equinix, Interconnection Bandwidth in Asia-Pacific is expected to grow 46% per annum to reach 1,120 Tbps of installed capacity, approaching nearly a quarter (22%) of global traffic.
5G is the fifth-generation of wireless broadband technology and is poised to revolutionize the networking industry by providing an unimaginable level of innovation. The first commercial launches of 5G products and services are rolling out this year and the recent Ericsson Mobility Report estimates that by 2023 there will be 1 billion 5G subscriptions, accounting for approximately 20% of all mobile data traffic.
The life of an Interconnection Specialist or Peering Lead at Equinix is busy at the best of times. However, as spring turns into summer, the good and the great of the network and content provider community are engaged in a frenzied criss-crossing of land and sea as they attend some of the most important interconnection events of the year, and we’re right alongside them.
Interconnection enables the private and direct exchange of data traffic between counterparties and creates a platform for networking between organizational boundaries, and it is growing at a rapid rate. According to the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published by Equinix, by 2020 the global Interconnection Bandwidth capacity growth rate is expected to outpace traditional connectivity approaches by 2X (IP networks) and 10X (MPLS networks).
Blockchain is one of those exciting innovative technologies that plays right into the Equinix DNA. We see a clear path on how Equinix will contribute to its successful adoption and deployment by enabling the global reach of blockchain systems, interconnecting blockchain supplier and consumer ecosystems, and integrating new blockchain technologies with existing legacy infrastructures.
Complimentary technologies like Network Function Virtualization (NFV) that decouple traditional network devices from physical boxes and virtualize them, i.e. firewalls, load balancers, intrusion detection devices, WAN accelerators, etc. provide a platform more conducive to dynamically consumable services.
Equinix not only provides a vast number of Google Cloud Interconnection options, but we also offer direct and on-demand access to Google Cloud services on a global scale. With dedicated interconnection services to GCP in 19 metros worldwide, we’re making it easier for customers to consume Google Cloud services from anywhere.