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Equinix's 7 Bold Predictions for the Connected Enterprise in 2017


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Read details of each prediction from the official Equinix blog:

We can’t predict the future of the entire IT industry, but we sit at an unusually good vantage point at Equinix to make an educated, data-driven forecast about what we see coming. That’s because we have the capability to look at what’s trending with more than 8,000 customers across 21 markets within ecosystems that sit at the center of cloud, IoT and analytics growth. And the patterns we are seeing show a massive digital transformation under way.

Digital has disrupted business as usual, and new revenue models and ways of competing are taking hold. To successfully make the shift to digital business, organizations are realizing they need transform IT by “flipping” their architectures from siloed and fixed to integrated and dynamic. This shift requires an interconnection-first strategy that enables enterprises and service providers to directly and securely connect their partners, customers and end users to anything, anywhere, on any device. Digital businesses simply can’t compete without an integrated and dynamic strategy to make that happen.

As things change quickly, we're taking advantage of our special perspective at the center of it all to predict what you can expect in “7 Bold Predictions for the Connected Enterprise.” We’ll be exploring these predictions in more detail in the coming days, but these previews will get us started.

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Equinix's 7 Bold Predictions for the Connected Enterprise in 2017

  2. 2. 1. THE YEAR OF MULTI-CLOUD CONVERGENCE 2017 will be the tipping point, when the convergence of multiple clouds across the enterprise – data, applications, infrastructure and personal clouds – will fundamentally change the way people and businesses operate. © 2016 Equinix, Inc.
  3. 3. 2. THE RISE OF THE DIGITAL EDGE The convergence of multiple clouds will call for a natural extension of the corporate boundaries for today’s digital business to the edge – where users and data reside. This will be important for businesses to better engage with customers in real-time, leveraging social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies. © 2016 Equinix, Inc.
  4. 4. Companies will move to connect their digital and physical worlds – to support business around the globe. As enterprises leverage multiple clouds, it can be challenging to manage solutions across different cloud environments from different vendors. 2017 will see the acceptance of an interconnected fabric among enterprises – residing in carrier neutral facilities – to create a central nervous system that connects all aspects of the digital business. 3. RISE OF THE INTERCONNECTED FABRIC © 2016 Equinix, Inc.
  5. 5. 4. SECURITY BECOMES PARAMOUNT © 2016 Equinix, Inc. As hybrid cloud becomes more popular, enterprises will realize that cloud providers do not provide all encompassing security solutions and will need to own the security of their applications and data within the multi- cloud environment. Interconnections will provide customers the choice to move from point security solutions to the flexibility of buying Security-as- a-Service with benefits such as speed of implementation, ease of set-up and maintenance, real- time protection, etc.
  6. 6. 5. THE AGE OF INTERCONNECTED COMMERCE © 2016 Equinix, Inc. The payments world is undergoing more rapid change than it has encountered since the dawn of currency. The standard proprietary siloed approach for payments services delivery is giving way to new technologies and business models at the intersection of commerce and payments. Concurrently, the decentralization of payments services technology is expanding value and optimizing business platforms for merchants. Interconnected commerce and payments providers will create new opportunities for the integration of payments, commerce, data, and marketing, enabling new solutions and partnerships around the globe.
  7. 7. 6. SOFTWARE-DEFINED INFRASTRUCTURE AND ADVANCED NETWORKING © 2016 Equinix, Inc. Networking that previously depended on physical wiring can now be dynamically controlled via software. Going forward, the next generation infrastructure - compute, storage, network and data centers - will be open source based. Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) centralize and automate the management of large, distributed multi-data center networks using simple application level policies.
  8. 8. 7. THE INTERNET OF THINGS © 2016 Equinix, Inc. IoT will truly evolve from single vendor independent solutions to those that talk to each other leveraging the same data. Going forward, the objective will be to relieve pressure on corporate-centric networks by distributing the traffic more broadly as well as to better control the performance of the streaming IoT information for more real-time business and operational insight.