Today, there are a number of ways of providing a backbone for your network. Thanks to the rise of hyperscalers, the role of the telco is being redefined. Instead of using a single provider, businesses are increasingly turning to the public internet. This has been accelerated by the maturation of SD-WAN technologies, an area that’s experienced massive growth in the last few years.
I believe that it’s important to evaluate all your options, given that there are now so many choices for connecting and improving the performance of your network, and how it connects to a hybrid cloud environment.
In my experience, with the accelerating growth of hybrid cloud environments, and an increasing dependence on hyperscalers to provide lower cost and more innovation, a good SD-WAN implementation can help you to:
- increase business intelligence, reliability, and networking agility
- reduce complexity, cost, and sleepless nights
In the year ahead, I expect to see more businesses relying on hybrid cloud to improve their performance and help them to innovate faster, while implementing a robust intelligent infrastructure to decrease cost and complexity. This will require investment in the relevant skills for the design, installation, and management of their new WAN for optimal performance.
This is certainly an exciting time for those of us working in the field of intelligent infrastructure. At NTT, we’re actively exploring all the new opportunities that recent technology advancements in this space are creating. We’re applying our research and development capabilities to explore how we can leverage these to innovate and push the boundaries of what’s possible. One of the current domains we’re working on is adaptive computing. It has applications in complex environments such as smart stadiums and safe hospitals, where information comes from a range of sources – massive video feeds, sensors, and so on – and a fast, real-time response is key.
We’re creating a new generation of capabilities for NTT data centers to tackle these complex scenarios and target 5G. Adaptive computing uses Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), a new generation of semiconductor devices configured to manage and process massive amounts of information. We aim to create the first full-stack solution that can, for example, process information in real time from thousands of feeds from cameras, sensors, and other devices, as well as social media, to assist with fast decision-making and quality responses.
Read this article for more insights on the key intelligent infrastructure trends to watch in 2020.