The edge is where it’s all happening in today’s digital world. It’s where distributed people and things moving around the globe come together via a variety of interconnected devices. At Equinix, we see the evolving edge taking clearer shape as businesses create new applications and business models that integrate the physical and virtual worlds on our global interconnection platform.
The GXI tracks, measures and forecasts growth in Interconnection Bandwidth, which is the total capacity provisioned to privately and directly exchange traffic with a diverse set of participants at distributed IT exchange points. As the fuel for all these business-critical interactions, Interconnection Bandwidth is a powerful barometer for how companies are leveraging Interconnection to grow, scale and ultimately succeed as digital businesses.
Digital technologies increase business efficiency in infinite ways in all industries, all around the world. For example, just think of the time-consuming and costly processes that have been eliminated by businesses deploying cloud, collaboration, robotics and data analytics platforms. CAPEX is reduced, while scale is increased. Supply chains bring solutions to market more effectively and faster. Repetitive tasks are expedited, making room for new value creation. And greater insights can be revealed in real-time, making a real difference in customer satisfaction.
The job before infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders everywhere is “digital transformation” not “digital incrementalism,” and we believe Gartner recognizes the wholesale nature of the move to digital in an insightful new report.
Gartner is out with a new report that challenges infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders to fundamentally rethink how they do their jobs. The report, “Top 2018 Trends Impacting Digital Infrastructure and Operations” by analyst David Cappuccio, argues that an updated mindset is essential to succeed in a digital age.
Equinix mixed reality data centers will be popping up in major metros near you like Pokémon Pikachus. Equinix MR1 is planned to launch in Funky Town, Kansas City, Missouri in the not too near future.
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.
Digital payment transactions are increasingly coming in from the edge. This puts new demands on mobile, wireless digital commerce solutions (e.g., electronic wallets, point-of-sales systems), security systems, and network and cloud infrastructures to scale to support this growing demand.
The Global Interconnection Index provides insights into the trends driving the massive need for Interconnection created by digital transformation and projects how Interconnection is increasingly growing in response to those trends worldwide.
Data and application workload traffic is increasingly congregating around an enterprise’s digital edge, where there is a high density of commerce, people and digital ecosystems.