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DE-CIX 2022 Predictions: Four Interconnection Trends for 2022

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Four Interconnection Trends for 2022

By Dr. Thomas King, CTO, DE-CIX

With the pandemic continuing to cause global strife, globally reliable internet connectivity remains top of mind for businesses and individuals alike. While access continues to improve, quality of access - such as performance, bandwidth, latency, are still challenging businesses of all sizes throughout the world.  DE-CIX, the world's leading neutral interconnection platform operator firmly believes that Internet Exchanges (IXs), particularly those that offer multi-service network solutions, will continue to play a significant role in enabling quality and consistent public and hybrid internet connectivity solutions. In doing so, we believe there are four major interconnection trends to be on the lookout for in 2022.

1.  One-click automated interconnection

No longer just a topic for global manufacturing businesses, more industries continue to develop solutions to automate routine IT tasks.  A key requirement for automation is flexibility, the ability to shift from physical to online while ensuring the most uptime to deliver a reliable customer experience. To accommodate this shift, IX operators are improving the way they offer interconnection. Now more operators are providing both API and self-service portals to provide customers easy access to add, move, change services - making it as easy as adding/changing compute power with well-known cloud providers. 

2.  Data exchange enters a new era

Building on API/portal advancements, the effective and ease of exchanging data is top of mind for any network manager.  Instead of traditional storage solutions such as hard disks that require physical transportation, the bilateral exchange of large data packets over a private connection could improve and expedite massive data transfer capabilities.  This premise is the idea behind the Gaia-X project, one that creates a sovereign European system for secure data exchange based on decentralized, interconnected infrastructure services. In addition, this model is inspiring other solutions such as Closed User Group connections, which allow different operators to connect with their private networks via an IX. For the enterprise, Closed User Groups enable businesses to create their own interconnection environment - away from the public peering infrastructure. They can connect with select partners, suppliers, and customers present in multiple different locations, in order to share data securely and efficiently. 

3.  Global and Local equally important = "Glocalization"

The future is ‘metadata' driven, and as such, applications such as virtual reality, cloud gaming, and e-health, not to mention connected and autonomous cars, are creating increased demands for low latency requirements. Since data is at the mercy of the speed of light, it is necessary for data centers to be no more than 50 miles from an end-point (the equivalent of about one ms).  To do so, data center operators must consider their facilities as a centralized interconnection point, extending capabilities to more locations beyond major metropolitan markets. This requirement is pushing more data hosting and processing to the edge, to the actual location where data is processed. 

4.  2022 - the year of the connected car

In the United States, we are already seeing the shift of major global car manufacturers shifting their advertising from luxury physical features to connected ‘internet' capabilities. Automobile manufacturers realize their cars are moving connectivity devices. This is an important factor as more and more people rely on their cars to conduct business, and it's important to enable  real-time information, which can be crucial for the operating radius of electric cars. Autonomous driving is a long talked about end-goal, with a variety of capabilities already available on the market today. In order for autonomous driving to take hold, massive data and low latency connectivity is required. In 2022, we will continue to see this shift take hold as car manufacturers become digital companies. This will result in key decisions on which systems and services to outsource to big tech companies and which to build and operate in-house. In either case, a framework to support data exchange between car and server and between different partners is required - and must be as fast and secure as possible.

In summary

While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact the global economy, it's challenging to truly predict what 2022 may look like.  Though, we can say that looking at data from the last two years, the growth of digital services has increased exponentially. In a world where direct, physical exchange of data may not be possible, content providers, network operators, Internet Exchanges and, increasingly, enterprises that were not previously part of the tech sector are working to provide the infrastructure for these services not only to people in digitally developed regions, also to those areas not yet served. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

thomas king 

Dr. Thomas King has been Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at DE-CIX since 2018. Before this, King was Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) at DE-CIX, starting in 2016. He started his career as a member of the technical staff at DE-CIX, from 2008 to 2010, being responsible for the BSI IT-Grundschutz / ISO 27001 readiness program, which resulted in a successful certification in 2010.

In 2010, Thomas King joined 1&1 Internet AG as a Product Manager responsible for mobile applications and mail. In 2011, he founded a startup company called audriga, in order to provide a service to automatically migrate email accounts from one hosting provider to another.

Dr. King re-joined DE-CIX as Head of Research & Development in 2014 and was promoted in 2016 to the newly-created position of Chief Innovation Officer at DE-CIX.

Thomas King received an M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from the University of Mannheim, Germany, in 2004, and a Ph.D. degree at the chair of Computer Networks from the University of Mannheim in 2008.

Published Friday, December 17, 2021 7:36 AM by David Marshall
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