As data centre technology is being designed for 5G and the edge, there is a need for increased performance, open-source software, and new data standards.

Since the dawn of the internet, our world has been becoming increasingly data-driven each day. The World Economic Forum estimates that there is 44 ZB of accumulated data generated by this year. That’s 44 sextillion bytes – 40 times more bits of data than exist stars in the (observable) universe. But the pandemic drastically accelerated that process. 

It’s been over six months now since most Americans started quarantining and social distancing to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. With businesses relying on and enforcing remote working policies during these months, employees have learned to become masters of the art of Zoom and embrace dozens of new digital services to support their work.

Naturally, this digital boom strained the network infrastructure – almost to the point of breaking. In the starting months of quarantine, Netflix and YouTube had to enact resolution caps to keep up with the increased traffic, while Zoom couldn’t handle the initial stress and crashed. It became obvious that the infrastructure these solutions were relying on wasn’t up to snuff. This quickly led to immense investments in the latest hardware solutions in 2020, which are only expected to continue into 2021 as businesses accelerate their digital transformation plans.

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