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Colocation-Based Interconnection Will Serve as the 'Glue' for Advanced Digital Business Applications

Published: 28 July 2016

ID: G00308712

Analyst(s): Bob Gill


Digital business is enabled and enhanced through high-speed, secure, low-latency communication among enterprise assets, cloud resources, and an ecosystem of service providers and peers. Architects and IT leaders must consider carrier-neutral data center interconnection as a digital business enabler.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Digital Business Defined
  • Inefficiencies of an On-Premises-Only Model for Digital Business
  • Shortcomings of a Cloud-Only Model for Digital Business
  • Data Center Interconnect Fabric Defined
  • Peering in Ecosystems
  • Peering Ecosystem Model With Programmable Networking (Data Center Interconnect Fabric)
  • The Current and Future State of Data Center Interconnection Using Programmable Network Infrastructure
  • Future Promise: Data Center OS and Container Orchestration Frameworks Will Provide Coordination, Scheduling and Management of Applications Deployed Across Myriad Distributed Physical Servers and Service Providers
  • Applicability of the Data Center Interconnection Model to Digital Business Requirements
    • A Contrarian View
  • Bottom Line

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