The Transformative Impacts of AI

In previous blogs we’ve uncovered the importance and impact of our data driven society. Today, we are ushering in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning and how both will have roles in engulfing our data driven future.

The textbook description, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, defines AI as, “the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings. The term is frequently applied to the project of developing systems endowed with the intellectual processes characteristic of humans, such as the ability to reason, discover meaning, generalize, or learn from past experience.” Furthermore, a Spiceworks survey reported that 29% of the companies have adopted IoT, 18% adopted VR and 13% have adopted AI. It is expected that adoption rates will jump to 48%, 32% and 30% for IoT, VR and AI in the coming year. As AI becomes more widely accepted and used, it will bring an increase for cloud computing and data center capacity. Let’s take a look at the various use cases of AI below.

Cybersecurity

Machine learning is poised to greatly affect the rate at which attacks can be addressed more rapidly than that capable of a human. With the amount of data that’s spiraling around us everyday and the constant growth of data center networks, human hands will not always be able to keep up with security threats.

Smart Homes

Everything from having your coffee perfectly brewed to a stocked fridge and heating and cooling at the perfect temperature, AI and machine learning will become the backbone to your household. As smart devices become more of the norm, there will be a new era of comfort, all powered by artificial intelligence.

Autonomous Vehicles

According to MarketsandMarkets, “the automotive artificial intelligence (AI) market is expected to be valued at USD 782.9 Million in 2017 and is expected to reach USD 10,573.3 Million by 2025, at a CAGR of 38.46% between 2017 and 2025.” Furthermore, an IHS Automotive Electronics Roadmap Report, points out that there will be two main growth categories:

  1. Infotainment human-machine interface, including speech recognition, gesture recognition (including handwriting recognition), eye tracking and driver monitoring, virtual assistance and natural language interfaces.
  2. ADAS and autonomous vehicles, including camera-based machine vision systems, radar-based detection units, driver condition evaluation, and sensor fusion engine control units (ECU).

It’s clear that AI is leading the way when it comes to autonomous driving. We may be close to a future where there is no need for a steering wheel, brakes and more.

165 Halsey Street is excited to see where AI will end up, both in business and in our everyday lives.

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What’s Up With 5G?

What is 5G?

5G this, 5G that, 5G here and 5G there. It seems like all anyone is ever talking about these days is 5G and the transformative power around it. After years of planning throughout the industry, 5G is closer now more than ever to becoming a mainstream reality, showing itself at world sporting events like the Winter Games and the big football game.

It’s the next fifth-generation of mobile internet connectivity that comes with the promise of faster data download and upload speeds, additional coverage and more stable connections. The goal of 5G is to replace all existing networks used to connect to the Internet. Basically, everything you currently do on your smartphone you will be able to do even faster. It will enable working in the cloud, remote control of robots, VR gaming, and automation.

What’s the Point?

How often do you use your smartphone? When you look around, how many people do you see using their phones? The world is going mobile and data usage is only increasing. According to a recent IDC study, we will hit a total of 180 zettabytes of data by the year 2025. 5G will have the capability of better handling thousands of devices such as sensors, cameras and more. In short, most of the technology that is used on an everyday basis will only get better and faster.

The reality of 5G and the transformative changes that come with it are increasingly close to becoming an everyday reality. At 165 Halsey Street, we’re preparing for what’s to come and look forward to the future of technology.

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The Heart, The Data Center

Technology is pretty much at the heart of everything we do, and the world continues to become more and more digital. As we previously mentioned in our e-Book, an IDC study predicts that by 2020, we’ll have 44 zettabytes of data worldwide, as compared to just three exabytes in 1986. That’s not just a little bit of data, that’s a lot! So, if you think of your own heart, you probably don’t pay much attention to it beating in your chest on a daily basis. It does what it is supposed to do; pumping and receiving blood, day and night. Technology is similar to the heart. You might not notice or know how the technology you use is working, but it is and you generally expect it to keep doing its job, day and night.

How technology does its job is important. Enter the data center; the blood flow and lifeline to the technologies we use everyday. While the adoption of the cloud continues to grow, the need for on-premise systems doesn’t come to a screeching halt. Data centers have a strong heartbeat. It was reported by IHS Markit, who surveyed IT managers at 151 North American organizations, that most respondents expect to double the amount of physical servers in their data centers by 2019. Furthermore, Cushman & Wakefield estimates multi-tenant revenue growth will be 12% to 14% each year for the next two to five years. Another interesting find from the State of the Data Center AFCOM study was that a set of statistics showed that new data center construction will grow more than five times over the next three years.

As 2018 starts to come to a close and 2019 begins, the data center will remain a critical piece to many technology operations.

Talk to us at 165 Halsey Street to see how our data center can best support your business technology operations.

 

Data Center Trends in 2018: Data Center Modernization

As each day passes, there’s no stopping the need for enterprises to continue to modernize. By 2020, more than 55% of these enterprises will be forced to do so. Why? It starts with the workload demands of next-generation applications and IT architectures.

In 2018, technical professionals focused on IT infrastructure will adopt disruptive technologies to enable hybrid cloud architectures that meet the demands of digital business and IoT. Furthermore, IT professionals concur, in a recent report by Avanade, that ignoring trends in IT modernization could lead to negative consequences when it comes to growth. IDC also forecasts that about 30% percent of companies will include data center planning and processes as part of their plans to speed digital transformational efforts.

Learn the three areas that should be considered when analyzing various opportunities for data center modernization or consolidation and more in our latest e-book!

Data Center Trends in 2018: Green Initiatives

East or west, going green is the best! It’s no secret that “going green” is something at the top of a lot of people’s minds, including those in the data center industry. The data-hungry machines that are at the heart of the global data center market use an extensive amount of power, thus being a major contributor to excess pollution in the environment.

According to Cisco, it’s estimated a billion devices will be connected by 2020 with data centers as one of the most significant energy consumers in the world. In fact, data centers are observed to be using 20% of all available electricity across the globe by 2025, followed by smart devices and wireless networks, as data is created at a faster speed than ever seen before.

The carbon footprint of data centers will also comprise 5.5% of the global value, IF adoption of more efficient energy sources are not evolving at full speed.

To learn more about the environmental impact data centers will have on the world and the steps they’re taking to improve, check out our latest e-book here.

2018 Data Center Trends: Converged Infrastructure

Is converged infrastructure still an effective way to minimize data center complexities and provide companies with more agility? You bet! According to MarketsandMarkets, the converged infrastructure market is expected to be worth $33.89 billion by 2019.

We continue our blog series highlighting aspects of our newest e-book with our fourth blog on Converged Infrastructure, which shows no signs of slowing down this year and into the next. IDC Research has reported that HCI is the “largest segment of software-defined storage.” Additionally, software-defined storage (SDS) is the type of fast storage used in HCI, boasting a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.6% and revenues that are forecast to hit $7.15 billion in 2021.

Read our latest e-book to learn how software and hardware disaggregation are driving new product categories for next-generation data centers.

 

2018 Data Center Trends: Multi-Access Edge Computing

What do you use when you need to support the ever growing number of web connected devices? Multi-access edge computing (MEC), of course.

MEC transforms the topology and architecture of mobile networks from communication networks to actual application platforms for services. Furthermore, MEC uses an edge server in order to process tasks closer to the end user versus having to be forwarded to the cloud.

At 165 Halsey Street, we recognize the importance of the role that MEC plays in supporting IoT devices. According to Ian Hood (IH), chief architect, global service providers at Red Hat, the MEC revolution will expand the number of places where data center technologies are deployed. As such, data center operators focus on developing their infrastructure/environments as code, to enable them to operationalize hybrid cloud. These types of approaches help data center operators to offer “always-on” services and applications for on-demand usage by customers.

Learn more about this and other 2018 data center trends and technologies in our latest e-book!

2018 Data Center Trends: Serverless Cloud

It’s time to talk about the serverless cloud; a highlight of one of the trends in our recently released e-book, “The Data Center in 2018: New Technologies and Trends.”

To create the ‘serverless cloud,’ servers are still needed, but the cloud computing execution model is what makes it stand out from traditional models. Serverless computing stands out because it can adapt dynamically and manage the allocation of machine resources based only on what is being used. Not to mention, that it provides a prime opportunity for efficiency and flexibility, yielding a 5-10x efficiency gain, according to CIO.

Furthermore, serverless cloud adoption is set to rise for several reasons including the growth of smart applications and the impact it has on business costs.

To find out exactly how it will impact data center professionals specifically, download our e-book here!

 

2018 Data Center Trends: Digitizing Financial Services

Recently we released a new e-book, “The Data Center in 2018: New Technologies and Trends,” and it is available for download now.

We’re continuing this blog series to highlight aspects of the e-book, and the second one starts with Digitizing Financial Services. In 2018, we are starting to see blockchain going mainstream.  With the CBOE and CME launching Bitcoin futures in December 2017, the currency continues to spark many conversations as Bitcoin continues its path as a potentially credible currency. Awareness and interest in blockchain’s other applications is increasing across the globe. With the blockchain surge comes faster digitization of the financial services industry.

Typically among the slowest to adopt new technologies and processes due to rising data security concerns and regulatory issues, the financial services industry is now faced with having to innovate through digital automation and enhanced customer experience because of blockchain technology, the rise of cryptocurrencies and new regulations. Banks, even with the help of artificial intelligence and other innovations, continue to cite siloed data and confusion on ownership of the emerging technologies as deterrents.

Want to learn more on this and other hot 2018 data center trends and technologies? Download our newest e-book today.

Proud to Welcome ExteNet Systems and Planet Networks!

ExteNet Systems, a leading provider of converged communications infrastructure enabling advanced cellular, wireless and broadband connectivity across urban and rural America; and Planet Networks, a premier managed technology and infrastructure solutions provider, have joined the 165 Halsey Street data center facility family.

When ExteNet Systems was faced with who to choose as its colocation provider to efficiently and effectively operate multi-carrier (neutral host) and multi-technology distributed networks, it was an easy choice to select 165 Halsey Street. As a colocation provider, 165 Halsey Street is able to ensure that ExteNet’s multiple wireless service providers (WSPs) can carry out their 3G and 4G LTE wireless voice and data services.

Furthermore, Planet Networks provides managed technology and infrastructure solutions. In order to enable its clients to grow and thrive while minimizing risk, the right colocation provider was a must.

Thank you ExteNet Systems and Planet Networks for choosing 165 Halsey Street!

At 165 Halsey Street, we exceed our companies’ colocation and infrastructure needs, offering no monthly recurring cross connect fees between customers, allowing safe, convenient and affordable interconnection.

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