Originally posted to Data Center POST
The Internet today is a critical infrastructure whose continued development will influence the industry, our culture, and the private space of the majority of people. At the same time, however, the world-encompassing network needs to be adapted now and then to developments and new requirements, in order to keep pace with current innovations. Christoph Dietzel, responsible for Research and Development, network design, and product management at DE-CIX, the operator of the world’s leading Internet Exchange in Frankfurt, is working on and researching the foundation of the Internet, and here he offers insight into how he envisages the Internet of the future.
In our digitalized world, the Internet has long since become a critical infrastructure. Ever larger data streams flow indefatigably around the globe. For the technologies of the future, like artificial intelligence, virtual reality and many others, interconnection is the indispensable foundation. Digitalization without networks is not possible. This is why it is so important that we place focus on the future of the Internet – also at the level of the basic infrastructure.
Innovation and the data explosion
On the user side, in the past few years we have seen accelerating development of Internet usage. This ranges from the massive expansion of online shopping, to the ever greater distribution of mobile devices, and on to streaming services – there is hardly any area of daily life that could not somehow be connected to the Internet. While all this is going on, what is happening in the “backend” of the Internet, behind the scenes in the data center?
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