Mobile, social and cloud data explosion ‘disruption’

THE EXPLOSION of social, mobile and cloud data is creating disruption on the scale of an “industrial revolution”, according to Maurice Mortell, Equinix’s Director for Ireland and Emerging Markets.

The firm’s DB2 data centre on New Nangor Road in Clondalkin, offers a high level of carrier connectivity – but the company has announced that bandwidth used in private data exchange between businesses is expected to be six times that of the public internet by 2020.

Maurice Mortell Equinix

The insights come from the Global Interconnection Index, a new market study published by Equinix, which found interconnection bandwidth is outpacing growth of the public internet, at nearly twice the rate.

The Global Interconnection Index highlights the effect of digital transformation as companies create entirely new ways of connecting with customers, partners and supply chains

Industries leading the growth of Interconnection are banking and insurance, telecommunications and cloud and IT services.

It is also influenced by global trends including digital technology use, urbanisation and cybersecurity risk.

 “What we’re seeing is the emergence of a new internet,” said Mortell, citing the explosion of data as a “new reality” for companies.

“To succeed, they are choosing Interconnection, locating their IT infrastructure in an ecosystem of companies that gather to physically connect with customer and partner networks. Interconnection supports multi-cloud consumption at scale, improves network performance, enables greater operational control and reduces security risk.”

Mortell expects that Ireland will contribute significantly to Interconnection growth in Europe as an increasing number of companies look to locate their data here.

He continued: “Interconnection in Europe is expected to grow 44 per cent per annum in terms of bandwidth as businesses shift to digital.

“We will continue to invest significantly in Ireland in order to support the huge growth of private interconnections that the digital revolution


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